America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

America Is Not the Heart

Three generations of women from one immigrant family trying to reconcile the home they left behind with the life they're building in America.How many lives can one person lead in a single lifetime? When Hero de Vera arrives in America, disowned by her parents in the Philippines, she's already on her third. Her uncle, Pol, who has offered her a fresh start and a place to stay in the Bay Area, knows not to ask about her past. And his younger wife, ...

Details America Is Not the Heart

TitleAmerica Is Not the Heart
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Literary Fiction, Novels, Womens, Family, Contemporary, American, American Fiction

Reviews America Is Not the Heart

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    I’m so conflicted about this book! After reading Mia Alver’s IN THE COUNTRY a few years ago I’ve been wanting to read more fiction about the Filipino diaspora so was thrilled to hear about AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART. The prologue pulled me in immediately and I ate it up. But I overinvested in Paz who then almost disappeared from the narrative once Hero, our true protagonist, arrived. Hero is an amazing character and the reveals about her life...
  • Candace
    Set in the unglamorous cities of San Francisco's East Bay, "America Is Not The Heart" follows Filipino immigrants as they dig in and take their place in their new country. It's the 1980s, and Paz uses her training as a nurse to leverage an escape from the poor rural Philippines. Her surgeon husband comes from a rich, corrupt family, but when he joins her in Milpitas, he becomes a security guard. They offer sanctuary to his niece, Hero, who has be...
  • Laura
    I loved this book so much and was completely immersed in the story each time I picked it up. Set during the 80’s and 90’s this novel follows the lives of Paz, Hero and Roni. There is a whole host of supporting characters: Pol, Rosalyn, Adela and Jamie to name a few, who really help to bring the story to life, but the three female leads are the glue that hold it all together. Paz, whose determination to never be poor again and to always be the...
  • Kevin Hu
    AINTH takes you down a narrative course that is subversive at every corner. In Geronimo's young life, she has already seen life in the Philippines from the countryside of Pangasinan, from the mountains of Baguio where she was slowly radicalized and inducted in the New People's Army during her years in college before dropping out, as a political recalcitrant serving as a medic, as a political prisoner for 2 years narrowly escaping death after a se...
  • Misha
    Debut novel by a Filipino American author featuring a queer female lead character. There is a remove to Hero De Vera's story, her involvement with the resistance movement in her home country, and her relationships with her family that made this book feel like more of a slog than it should have. A fascinating character study revealing the hard truths that immigrant families face, but overall not as direct or emotionally involving as I had hoped.
  • Anna
    I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A poignant story about sacrificing for you family and losing yourself and them in the process. Specifically focuses on 3 women but the cast encompasses the entire extended families. In many ways, an immigrant/ mother-daughter story.Paz works numerous nursing jobs to provide for her family and extended family. Having grown up poor, she never wants to live through that again and sh...