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Realuyo, Bino A. . THE UMBRELLA COUNTRY. New York City, NY: Ballantine Books, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 299 pages. Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Bino A. Realuyo. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Bino Realuyo's "The Umbrella Country". An auspicious debut. Set in the Philippines, the novel about a boy who comes of age in the shadow of family secrets. Written in limpid, luminous prose, rare among immigrant writers, whose role model is the pyrotechnical wizardry of Salman Rushdie (but it is wizardry nonetheless). An absolute "must-have" title for Bino Realuyo collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Selected by Barnes & Noble as one of its "Discover" Writers. One of the most brilliant Filipino-American writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0345428889. $10.00

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