Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco

The next book on my book club's reading list is Illustrado. It is the debut novel by Miguel Syjuco, and has earned high praise, including Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008. Taking place primarily in the Philippines, it is a story that spans four generations, weaves in historical events and promises to be an enchanting read.

Our last book, The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker by Janet Groth, was an average read. The synopsis intrigued me, but unfortunately I was left with the one question that I hoped would be answered. Why did the young aspiring writer stay at the reception desk for more than two decades? Why didn't she fight harder to find a way to be published in a magazine she so admired?

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