Our last book, Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco was an okay read. It was an ambitious novel set in both New York City and the Philippines. It felt a bit disjointed, and at times I felt at a loss as to how the various story lines fit together. It turns out I was missing a lot of the cultural references. My friend and fellow book clubber, who is originally from the Philippines, had a different take on the novel. He told us that a number of Filipino folk tales were used to weave together seemingly random stories.
Dear editor, I think a footnote or two would be helpful for the book's next edition.