Its tough enough sensitizing a woman. Every day I discover some new contradiction in me that has to be worked out
– mens rea and other stories, Lakambini A. Sitoy
It is not easy to read the stories of Lakambini Sitoy-particularly, I suppose, for fortyish and older male readers such as myself, schooled in the gracefully inflected ironies of Somerset Maugham and Updike, of Arcellana and Brillantes. The unease she produces has nothing to do with the quality of her prose-which is exemplary precise, powerful, and often luminous-but with the unyielding resolve with which she drags you to the trenches of the class and gender wars.
It is an unease entirely deliberate, and from which these stories offer scant relief, if any… Sitoy’s fiction hardly ever smiled, nor settled into restful lulls; the operative word here is clearly “combat
– from the Foreword by Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.
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