The Last Time I Saw Mother

The Last Time I Saw Mother

by Arlene J. Chai
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The Last Time I Saw Mother by Arlene J. Chai

"AN OFTEN LYRICAL AND ALWAYS TOUGH-MINDED DEBUT . . . Provides rare insight into the three cultures—Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino—that coexist in the Philippines."
—The New York Times Book Review

Caridad's mother never writes. So when a letter arrives for her in Sydney from Manila, Caridad doesn't even recognize her mother's handwriting. There is more distance than just miles between the two women. And that is why Caridad is called home. Her mother needs to talk. And to reveal a secret that has been weighing heavily on her for years.

As Caridad hears at last the unspoken stories, and the never forgotten tragedy of the war years, she will learn a startling truth that will change her life forever. For Caridad is not who she thinks she is. . . .

"Beautifully written . . . Reading each chapter is like having a conversation with a close friend."
—Chicago Tribune

"A sensitive . . . portrait of a family of Filipina women . . . The novel illuminates much modern Philippine history."
—The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449912348
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Series: Ulverscroft Large Print Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Arlene J. Chai was born and educated in Manila. In 1982, she migrated to Sydney with her parents and sisters and now lives in Northern Beaches. After more years as an advertising copywriter than she cares to mention, she had a year off during which she wrote The Last Time I Saw Mother. She is at work on a second novel.

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Last Time I Saw Mother 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant believe they're adding this to the new curriculum! Lucky kids
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arlene Chai's first venture is well-written and expounds on the interplay of various cultures on the Filipino people. Our strong Spanish and Chinese influences and conflicting values are captured profoundly yet it is still a joy to read. Family relationships esp. among women is also depicted with keen perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great read about life in the philippines (Manila in particular) during and since WWII. This book also gives great insight into a Filipino mother-daughter relationship.