Dimensions:9.28in x 6.38 x 1.23 in | 1.38 lb
Page Count:400 pages
Illustrations:1-2 BLACK-AND-WHITE MAPS
CONVERSATION-CHANGING BOOK ON IMMIGRATION: Samaha joins Francisco Cantu, Masha Gessen, Mohsin Hamid, and other Riverhead authors in helping to shape the national discussion of one of the defining issues of our time.
WARM, RICH CHARACTERS: Samaha’s electric, ultrareligious, Trump-supporting mother and his uncle Spanky - members of the fourth-largest (yet seldom depicted!) immigrant group in America—are just two of the vibrant, complicated personalities who animate and humanize the issues and experiences Samaha explores. Readers of all generations and backgrounds will relate to the family’s affinities and conflicts.
PERSONAL STAKES, PROFESSIONAL CHOPS: This is the story Samaha feels he was born to write. He brings not only his passion and intimate experience but his reporter’s expertise to it, masterfully weaving together history and politics with the rich details of his family’s trajectory.
Praise for Concepcion:
“If Concepcion were only about Samaha’s mother, it would already be wholly worthwhile. But she was one of eight children in the Concepcion family, whose ancestry Samaha traces in this…powerful book.” –The New York Times
“At the bighearted center of Concepcion is Samaha’s desire ‘to honor my elders.’…He succeeds ably, putting a human face and history on a…community largely left out of the Asian American canon and U.S. literature generally.” –The New York Times Book Review
“Informative but approachable, heartbreaking but hopeful…Concepcion speaks to the inherently human desire to build something better.” –Buzzfeed
“A sprawling and impressive work…[Samaha] unearths a wealth of documentation that runs counter to the kinder, gentler version of American history we’re taught in school.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Intimate and urgent.” –Electric Literature
“Extraordinary…an evocative window into global issues of immigration and American imperialism…. [and] an extraordinary look at the freedoms and perils of making a new life in America.” –Publishers Weekly (starred)
“An expansive view of Filipino history and the experiences of Filipino immigrants…that provides an intimate perspective on the legacy of colonialism.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“A captivating, thoughtful, classification-defying read…. [An] insightful, fresh perspective [on] immigration, history, and what it means to be American, all so fascinating and engagingly shared.” –Booklist
“Surprising and complex … Samaha plants [his relatives’] stories alongside his own and grows a remarkable family tree.” —BookPage
“Absolutely extraordinary—a sweeping story of global power and movement, told through the intimate reality of one Filipino family’s centuries-long quest for self-determination within the grip of empire. A landmark in the contemporary literature of the diaspora. My admiration for it knows no bounds.” —Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror
“An odyssey of history and memory across decades and countries, Concepcion excavates and astounds. Illuminating and epic, a revelation.” —Bryan Washington, author of Lot and Memorial
“For those of us who have admired Samaha’s journalism for so long, this jarringly beautiful memoir is the book we’ve been waiting for. Simply a joy to read.” —Daniel Alarcón, author of Lost City Radio and At Night We Walk in Circles
“Concepcion brilliantly captures the legacy of conquest, the absurdity of empire, and the life-altering reverberations of the American myth. A rollicking, heartfelt, and profoundly edifying epic.” —Francisco Cantú, author of The Line Becomes a River
“A gorgeous, cinematic epic about how an immigrant family becomes American, and the unfathomable losses they bear in pursuit of the dream.” –Adam Serwer, author of The Cruelty Is the Point
“Surprising, uplifting, and tragic, at once a history of the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States and a deeply personal family memoir full of hope and loss. What a perfect book.” –Scaachi Koul, author of One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
“A wonder of a book, Concepcion should be required reading for anyone who thinks they know anything about America’s past, or wants to understand its present and future.” –Elaine Castillo, author of America Is Not the Heart