Monday, March 21, 2016

The Yellow Bar: Publishers Weekly Review

"Pepot lives a bumpy one hour ride from Manila and the opening paragraph is a knockout: "I was sitting naked on my carabao, thinking about how to get Pinky del Rosario to marry me, when World War II came to us. This was a big problem; Pinky was a famous singer, married, and also my Auntie. She was 24 years old to my 10. There were some obvious problems for me to work out before I could propose a wedding."

... The plot of this novel is unique. It’s the story of a Philippine family before, during, and after World War II, and the invasion of the country by the Japanese. Pepot, Pinky, and Dora are perfect examples of engaging characters. The setting is vividly alive on the page. The transitions from past to present are seamless... Many books have been written about this time period. Some have even been written with the South Pacific as a focus. But not many novels are told from the angle of citizens in the Philippines and this makes this marvelous tale stand out." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY-

The Yellow Bar is a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) 2014.