Join me at Alameda’s Books Inc. to help launch this beautiful debut novel about a reimagined Filipino folktale. I read it in a swoon over Renee’s beautiful language, and am overjoyed to see that this new voice in fiction is finding its way into the world. Each of her chapters can almost stand alone, centered on the mysteries of selfhood, secrets, and marriage, but in the end, they weave together toward a standout novel whose sparkle of magic lingers.
One marriage. Two wings. A village of witnesses. Manolo Lualhati, a respected doctor in the Philippine countryside, believes his wife hides a secret. Prior to their marriage, he spied her wearing wings and flying to the stars with her sisters each evening. As Tala tries to keep her dangerous past from her new husband, Manolo begins questioning the gaps in her stories—and his suspicions push him even further from the truth. The Hour of Daydreams, a contemporary reimagining of a Filipino folktale, weaves in the perspectives of Tala’s siblings, her new in-laws, and the all-seeing housekeeper while exploring trust, identity, and how myths can take root from the seeds of our most difficult truths.
—Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities and San Francisco Chronicle columnist
“The prose is lyrical and descriptive, perfect for the curiously unfolding story.”