VERONICA MONTES​​​​​
writes all the things.
advance praise for​​
Benedicta Takes Wing & Other Stories
"In her eagerly-awaited debut short-story collection, Filipino American author Veronica Montes limns the
lives of Filipino families, with wit, simmering fury, and an abundance of generosity. Each piece is a stunningly vibrant photograph found in a faded album, filled with ates and titas and lolas who love and bicker and mourn and laugh. With her sharp eye for the telling detail, she depicts the grief and everyday joy handed down
as inheritance, the affections and denials that bind Filipino families together. Montes, describing one of her characters, “makes up stories to replace the ones that were lost.” Reader, let her. Welcome these stories
as your own."

~ Benito Vergara , author of Pinoy Capital: The Filipino Nation in Daly City and Displaying Filipinos: Photography and Colonialism in Early 20th-Century Philippines.


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"When I read these stories, I am immediately immersed, falling into the lives, hearts and minds of the characters as I do when I am entranced by such stunning storytellers as Isabelle Allende, Marlon James,
Lois Ann Yamanaka, and Jessica Hagedorn. 
 
Montes' stories are a profound collection that moves us fluidly among and beyond physical places, myth, real and dream time. Each story feels like a mantra bringing us back to center, in longing and belonging, reminding us how we lose and find each other in the world. 
 
Montes' voice is our collective voice, her characters are each of us in our abundant beauty and flaws. How blessed are we to have this Bay Area Pinay author here to share her stories and talent with us!"
 
~ Arlene Biala , recipient of the American Book Award/Before Columbus Foundation for her book of poetry, her beckoning hands.

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"Veronica Montes is easily one of my favorite prose writers. That she writes gracefully about her culture,
that’s a given. But she is more than that, more than just a writer who represents one particular community
or racial group."

~ from the introduction by Marianne Villanueva , author of the short story collections Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, Mayor of the Roses, and The Lost Language.
    
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praise for​​
Angelica's Daughters 


This dugtungan or "connecting" novel was written collectively by 
Cecilia Brainard, Erma Cuizon, Susan Evangelista, Veronica Montes, and Nadine Sarreal

Angelica's Daughters
"This collective and collaborative novel proves that writers share much more than just an interest in, as one
of the authors puts it, ‘the idea of creating something of rare beauty out of nothing at all.’ They share a Creative Unconscious that, when working on a common text, comes up with startling and unpredictable imaginative delights and insights. This tale of two women living a century apart (and the women and men
in their lives) told sequentially by five women is truly an ensemble performance worth a standing ovation." 

~ Isagani CruzPhilippine Star


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"Angelica's Daughters is a collaborative novel by five established Filipina writers, called a "dugtungan."
A dugtungan is a genre of Tagalog novel popular early in the 20th century, in which each writer creates
a chapter and hands it off to the next, who writes another chapter without direction. The result, in this case,
is an ensemble performance that contains something of the exhilaration of theatrical improv. One watches
these accomplished authors inventively weave a historical romance, creating gripping heroines and turns
of plot, crossing decades and national boundaries, tapping into cultural roots of the Philippines, Spain and America. Reading Angelica's Daughters is a gripping experience.

~ Brian Ascalon Roley, author of American Son