When the Hibiscus Falls (Paperback)

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One of my favorite short story collections! When the Hibiscus Falls centers Filipino and FilAm women — descendants and their ancestors — while blurring the line of reality and myth. The prose is lyrical yet precise and incredibly immersive, you can feel all of your senses tuned into each story. There is a line from the titular story: “One day we will all be the ancestors” that I find myself thinking of often, reflecting on that connection to community, to culture, to family, to identity. I read this book during a time of grief and the themes of loss, ghosts, and grief, how they shape us and change us was transformative and healing. This is the book for the strong women in your life and would make a great book for multiple generations to read together! — Christine

— From Holiday Gift Guide: Fiction


Seventeen stories traverse borderlines, mythic and real, in the lives of Filipino and Filipino American women and their ancestors.

Moving from small Philippine villages of the past to the hurricane-beaten coast of near-future Florida, When the Hibiscus Falls examines the triumphs and sorrows that connect generations of women. Daughters, sisters, mothers, aunties, cousins, and lolas commune with their ancestors and their descendants, mourning what is lost when an older generation dies, celebrating what is gained when we safeguard their legacy for those who come after us. Featuring figures familiar from M. Evelina Galang's other acclaimed and richly imagined novels and stories, When the Hibiscus Falls dwells within the complexity of family, community, and Filipino American identity. Each story is an offering, a bloom that unfurls its petals and holds space in the sun.

About the Author

M. Evelina Galang is the author of a previous story collection, Her Wild American Self (1996), two novels, One Tribe (2006) and Angel De La Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery (2013), and the nonfiction book Lola's House: Filipino Women Living with War (2017). She edited the anthology Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (2003). Galang directed the Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami from 2009-2019 and served as VONA Board President from 2018-2023. She lives in Miami.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781566896795
ISBN-10: 1566896797
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English