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Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir (Little A, 2018)

Booklist Starred Review, Bustle 25 Best Nonfiction Books of 2018, Reading Women Nonfiction Award Nominee

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"“Reminiscent of both Jeanette Walls’s memoir, The Glass Castle (2005), and Sandra Cisneros’s seminal novel The House on Mango Street (1984), this is a story of a tragic childhood told in a remarkably uplifting voice. Barnes imbues scenes from her interrupted childhood with an artistic touch that reads like literary fiction. Luminescent and shattering, Barnes’s first book is a triumph: a conquering of the past through the power of the written word.” Booklist (starred review)

“Stuck in a tangled web of betrayal, Barnes’s harrowing coming-of-age memoir reveals the strength we don’t know we have until we are forced to use it.” SheReads

“A young essayist’s memoir of her extraordinary riches-to-rags childhood in the Philippines…In this tender and eloquent tale, the author plumbs the depths of family dysfunction while telling a harrowing story of survival graced by moments of unexpected magic. A lyrically heartfelt memoir of resilience in the face of significant obstacles.” Kirkus Reviews

“We implore you to get your hands on this harrowing and triumphant coming-of-age story set in the Philippines.” Hyphen Magazine

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