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Jan 26, 2011
| ISBN 9780307775993
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Jan 26, 2011 | ISBN 9780307775993
“I was someone hungry for stories; more specifically, I was someone who craved after facts. I was, you see, a person with no history. Lacking this, I developed a curiosity about other’s people’s stories. . . .”Clara Perez is a reporter on a small South Seas island. An orphan raised by nuns, she is a young woman with origins shrouded in mystery. Full of idealistic ambition, she grows tired of the trivial assignments she’s given at the daily paper, yearning to write articles of substance. So when the tiny street of Calle de Leon bursts into flames after a student demonstration–and a soldier kills an unarmed man–Clara seizes the chance to cover the explosive story.Yet after Clara rushes to the burning street to investigate the tragedy, she discovers another, more personal one involving some remarkable truths about her unknown past–ghosts, she realizes, which have been silently pursuing her all her life. And as family secrets begin to unfold, Clara’s missing history slowly spreads itself out on the tumultuous backdrop of a country wracked by revolution. . . .An evocative and multilayered tale, at once political and personal, Eating Fire and Drinking Water is an extraordinary work, a powerful and pulsing novel of politics and commitment, loyalty and love, and the poignant search for truth.
Arlene J. Chai was born and educated in Manila. In 1982, she migrated to Sydney with her parents and sisters. After more years as an advertising copywriter than she cares to mention, she had a year off during which she… More about Arlene J. Chai
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