|Publisher:||Forest Avenue Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Renee Macalino Rutledge was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Alameda, California, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She received her bachelor of arts in English from UC Berkeley and master of fine arts in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. A long-time local journalist, her articles on arts and culture, parenting, and lifestyle have appeared in ColorLines, Filipinas Magazine, Oakland and Alameda Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The East Bay Monthly, The Children's Advocate, Parents' Press, and others. Her reporting on minority issues facing Filipinos was nominated for a New American Media Award and New California Media Award by the editors of Filipinas Magazine. Her creative writing has been published in Red Earth Review, Mutha Magazine, and Ford City Anthology, and is forthcoming in the 2017 Women of Color Anthology.
Reading Group Guide
1. A Filipino folktale of seven star maidens inspired the writing of The Hour of Daydreams. What other myths do you come across in the story? How do they influence your reading?
2. What secrets do Tala and Manolo keep from one another? Why? How do these withholdings impact your impression of their love?
3. What does the box represent?
4. There are many variations of truth in this story. What do you feel is real versus imagined regarding:
The seven sisters
Luchie’s vision in the marketplace
Tala and Manolo’s meeting
Other visions or plot points
5. How do you compare the grandparents’ love story with Tala and Manolo’s? What does the grandparents’ story reveal about marriage and myths?
6. In literature, a doppelganger is a mirror image of a character, who is not known to a character but can be perceived as that character’s shadow or evil counterpart. Did you sense a doppelganger in this story?
7. How does Baitan influence the decisions Tala makes? How do you think the story would change without him?
8. Malaya begins and ends the story in her own voice. Why do you think the author chose this framework? How does Malaya’s perspective influence your interpretation of her parents’ lives?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is part fairy-tale, part daydream, part real life – or all three things at once. The edges between the book’s various facets are blurred, and change from chapter to chapter, as does the narration – switching from first to third person and back again. The story is about truth, secrets and trust. How stories morph from actual events, through countless retellings, interpretations and wishful thinking to become new myths and accepted truths. One man’s superstition is another person’s reality, a way of making sense of the world. On the surface, this is the tale of the love between the young doctor, Manolo, and the beautiful, mysterious Tala. But the surface is constantly deceptive. Each knows a different truth about their relationship and how their pasts became entwined. As the reader, you are coaxed, enticed with beautiful language and imagery from one perspective to the next, through countless hours of daydreams studded with blasts of reality. Don’t expect to truly understand what is happening, just wallow in the fabulous narrative(s) and the author’s exceptional writing skill. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review