Synopses & Reviews
Weight of the Sun
, a short story collection by Geronimo Tagatac, sparkles with an appeal that comes from a deep understanding of human nature.
Here are the farm laborers, dancers, kitchen workers, and soldiers who make up a world that is wrought with pain, nostalgia, and stunning grace. From the widowed Filipino father raising a son in a migrant work camp to the young veteran haunted by the ghost of war, The Weight of the Sun shows us not only what it is to be human, but how the human spirit can grow when faced with overwhelming adversity. Tagatac brings these characters home in our hearts with a poise and dignity that marks a new and powerful voice in short fiction.
Geronimo Tagatac-in an interrelated collection of short stories about the fictional Guerrero family-captures the essence of a people who are broken, without a home, and lost.
The Guerreros are farm workers, soldiers, ski bums, students, and world travelers. They are a family unique to these stories, yet typical in their context. With simple, direct, and beautiful language, Tagatac explores both the essence of what makes a person an individual and the ties that create a family.
About the Author
Son of a Filipino-immigrant father and a Russian-Jewish mother, Tagatac's life has taken an arc from fieldhand to Special Forces demolition sergeant in Vietnam to modern dancer to civil servant and literary writer.