Author/Editor: Noelle Q. de Jesus
New 240 pp.
Winner of the 2016 Indie Book Awards (Short Stories)
Noelle Q. de Jesus’ collection of short stories is a striking debut of cultural exchanges and foreign tongues: stories that trace and sustain the conflict between man and woman, parent and child, country and identity, self and sexuality, love and loss.
About the Author
Noelle Q. de Jesus was born in the US, grew up in Manila, and spent most of her adult life as a writer, wife and mother in Singapore. She has published short stories in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and the US.
Noelle is also author of a chicklit novel, Mrs MisMarriage (Marshall Cavendish International 2008) under her married name, Noelle Chua. She also conceptualized the literary anthology series Fast Food Fiction Short Short Stories To Go (Anvil Publishing Philippines, 2003, 2014), and will edit a Singapore edition in 2016.
She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in English Literature from Ateneo de Manila University. Blood: Collected Stories is her first book of short fiction.
"... De Jesus' characters inhabit a world of regret, loss and unfulfilled longing. In these works, there is as much said in the silences and ellipses, as there are in the fraught, perfunctory exchanges. ... De Jesus' economy of words and her voice, bleak and spare, yet intimate, recalls the virtuosity of short story fiction masters, such as Lorrie Moore and Edith Pearlman."
—The Straits Times
"she takes the seeds of her experiences and lets them flourish into full-blown characters—figments of her imagination, true, but fully realized, multidimensional, complex and contradictory."
—Rina Jimenz David, Philippine Daily Inquirer
"These warm, tender stories capture the longings of emigrants and what they never truly leave behind. This is a book of 21st century global experiences of love and disconnect, tradition and change. From Manhattan to Malaysia to Manila, de Jesus delivers a luscious sense of place and a compelling narrative voice that makes you want to read straight through to the end. De Jesus is a writer of poignancy and grace.”
—Anne Panning, author of Super America
“In terms of fiction, Noelle Q. de Jesus likes both the marathon event and the 50-yard dash. In Blood, she tackles lengthy pieces that explore the intricacies of domestic lives, as well as fast fiction glimpses at moments almost too fleeting to render (yet she does). With humour, warmth and insight, she skilfully inhabits voices both young and old, from speculative fiction to snapshot portrait, tied to their home country yet drifting into ever stranger crevices of the world. Underneath the stories is a faint current of remorse, of missed opportunities and blown chances, sometimes warmed and balmed by forgiveness.”
—Scott Garceau, Philippine Star
“At the start of each compact narrative in this collection, Noelle Q. de Jesus places a cunning tiger of thrilling tension ready to spring. Thematically cogent, these stories are about the lives of the displaced — displaced of home, of generation, from both modernity and tradition. By turns, her voice will recall the graceful confidence of Maugham, the seedy but undeniable arch morality of Greene, the disorientations of Faulkner and the matter of fact elegance of Mansfield. Read and reread these psychologically realistic tale-like inventions with their playfully stabbing endings."
—Michael Carroll, Author of Little Reef and Other Stories, Lambda Literary Award Winner 2015
“Carefully crafted and richly observed, these stories are filled with unforgettable women— devoted, deceitful, deluded, and so real, they might have been someone you once knew. Across climates and cultures, they show the immediacy of desire, the rawness of betrayal, the universality of pain and loss.”
—F.H. Batacan, Author of Smaller and Smaller Circles
“Noelle Q. de Jesus writes with the self-assurance of a writer who always knows exactly where she is writing from, whether she is calling out from the deceivingly comfortable corners of a mundane life or reporting from the outskirts of a generation and a nation. In these many encounters, you will find yourself mesmerized by her beautiful voice, and always wanting to close the tender distance.”
—Angelo R Lacuesta, Author of Flames and Other Stories
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