The Ones Who Leave and the Ones Who Get Left

In general, I prefer novels to short story collections, but Lysley Tenorio’s Monstress is an exception. Each of these eight stories has a satisfying fullness, and the collection has a novel-like breadth. It really dives into the Filipino-American cultural divide, particularly on an emotional level. Lysley and I met at the author’s book-signing in Makati. The following interview took place over Skype after he had returned to the States, where he teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California.

 CD:  Can you tell me about your immigration from the Philippines to the States?

LT:  I was seven months old, so it … Read More