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Balikbayan: A Filipino Homecoming

Balikbayan: A Filipino Homecoming, originally published in 1986, features eleven short stories that evoke the sights, sounds, and ironies of the contemporary Philippines and provides a creative and enlightening look into the lives and moods of everyday Filipino life.
"Faith Healer," from Balikbayan, was selected for the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project.
Author Michelle Cruz Skinner is also the author of short story collections In the Company of Strangers as well as the novel Mango Seasons, nominated for the 1996 Philippine National Book Award. She is a teacher at Punahou School where, yes, she does ask her students to write and perform their own work.

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