America Is Not the Heart - Elaine Castillo

Staff Pick

Elaine Castillo's America Is Not the Heart is an astonishing portrait of what it is like being a Filipino who moved to America in search of the elusive "better". Whether for a better place, a better job or a better life, Castillo has zeroed in on the desire of every immigrant and woven it into a compelling novel. Being a Filipino immigrant myself, I can attest that Castillo's novel hits close to home and lays bare ache after ache with each turn of the page. America Is Not the Heart is a beautiful novel written with a powerful voice, and a worthy addition to the canon of immigrant fiction.