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Once Upon a Sunset    by Tif Marcelo order for
Once Upon a Sunset
by Tif Marcelo
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Simon & Schuster, 2020 (2020)
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* * *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

World War II as experienced by Filipino-American soldiers is for me an unusual subject matter. This story explores what happened to one of those soldiers as he left his father and his beloved Leora to fight in the Pacific area.

It is also the story of the women left behind. First, there was Leora, then her daughter and finally her granddaughter Diana. When Diana discovers letters written by her grandfather while he was overseas she decides it is time to find out about her heritage. While her mother is totally against this, she finally accompanies Diana to the Philippines, and once there both their lives are changed forever.

This is a beautiful story, mainly because it feels both factually and emotionally true. It includes insights into Filipino-Americans' struggles to be accepted in the United States, and into their fight for their rights as farmers. In the Author's Note, along with stating that the story grew out her personal experience, she gives some fine sources for Filipino-American history.

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