Live on Zoom! Cookie Hiponia Everman, in conversation with Margaret Stohl - We Belong

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An extraordinarily beautiful novel-in-verse, this important debut weaves a dramatic immigrant story together with Pilipino mythology to create something wholly new.

 

Stella and Luna know that their mama, Elsie, came from the Philippines when she was a child, but they don't know much else. So one night they ask her to tell them her story. As they get ready for bed, their mama spins two tales: that of her youth as a strong-willed middle child and immigrant; and that of the young life of Mayari, the mythical daughter of a god. Both are tales of sisterhood and motherhood, and of the difficult experience of trying to fit into a new culture, and having to fight for a home and acceptance. Glorious and layered, this is a portrait of family and strength for the ages.

 

Cookie Hiponia Everman was born in the Philippines and immigrated to America when she was nine years old. Previously a video game editor, she is now a full-time writer whose poems have been published in several literary journals. She lives near Seattle with her family. We Belong is her debut novel and reflects her family's experiences.

 

Margaret Stohl is a #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling nerd, world-builder, video game developer, comic book creator and festival founder. Best known as the co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels, her 2020-21 releases include the collected trade paperback for her mini-series Spider-Man Noir: Twilight in Babylon, and the prose novel Jo and Laurie (with Melissa De La Cruz) as well as several unannounced projects via her game consulting group, Foundational IP.

 

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