Lysley Tenorio, Monstress

Those virtues are on clear display in the collection’s giddiest story, “Help.” Our narrator is a 16-year-old whose uncle is head of VIP air travel at the Manila International Airport. The year is 1966, and the Beatles are passing through town on a massive arena tour—but when they snub the Philippines’s first lady by turning down a private performance, Uncle Willie, who is also the first lady’s most ardent fan, enlists his nephews in a plot to make the Fab Four pay for their insolence.

Today over at The Rumpus, I have a review of Lysley Tenorio’s story collection Monstress. Not sure why this hasn’t gotten more attention—I liked it a whole lot.

(The photo above, by the way, is another Bridget original.)

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