Jose Dalisay Jr.

Soledad’s Sister, 2007 Shorlist

Filipino author Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay Jr. was born in 1954. He writes in both English and Filipino and has published over 20 books of his stories, plays, and essays, with five of those books receiving the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle. He graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1984 (AB English, cum laude), and then received an MFA from the University of Michigan (1988) and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1991) on a Fulbright-Hays grant. Dalisay teaches English and Creative Writing as a full professor at the University of the Philippines. He has been a Hawthornden Castle, British Council, David Wong, and Rockefeller (Bellagio) fellow, and has lectured on Philippine culture and politics at the University of Michigan, University of Auckland, Australia National University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, St. Norbert College, University of East Anglia, University of Rome, and the London School of Economics, among others.

Soledad’s Sister is a tale of two individuals whose lives are redefined by the arrival of the casket bearing the body of a woman at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The corpse, manifested as “Aurora V. Cabahug,” is one of over 600 overseas Filipino workers who return as corpses to NAIA every year. 


Anvil Publishing (Paperback)

Schaffner Press, Inc. (Paperback) *Soledad’s Sister also published in In Flight