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Debut Fiction: America is Not the Heart – Elaine Castillo in conversation with Marta Bausells

'This book is it: one of the best debut novels (and novels, period) of recent years.Elle

Waterstones Gower Street are delighted to introduce an enormously exciting new writer,Elaine Castillo, author of America is Not The Heart – a big soulful, heart-breaking novel about a Filipino family shaped and pulled apart by politics, sex, class the need to leave and the longing to go back. Join her on May 2nd  as she speaks to Elle Literary Editor and journalistMarta Bausells about her debut.

More About America is Not the Heart

How many lives can one person lead in a single lifetime? When Hero De Vera arrives in America, disowned by her parents in the Philippines, she's already on her third. Her uncle, Pol, who has offered her a fresh start and a place to stay in the Bay Area, knows not to ask about the first and second. And his younger wife, Paz, has learned enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. Only their daughter Roni asks Hero why her hands seem to scream with hurt at the steering wheel of the car she drives to collect her from school, and only Rosalyn, the fierce but open-hearted beautician, has any hope of bringing Hero back from the dead.

 Drinks will be served from 6pm.