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Patty Enrado Book Launch--A Village in the Fields, A Novel

Sunday, September 13, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Event Type:
H Dong
2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Location Details:
Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Avenue (near Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704

This event is a book launch and celebration of a new novel by Patty Enrado about Filipino American farm workers.

The backdrop to Patty Enrado's debut novel is a compelling but buried piece of American history: the Filipino American contribution to the farm labor movement. 50 years ago, September 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers walked out of the fields and sparked the United Farm Workers Union movement.

About the Book: A Village in the Fields, A Novel

Fausto Empleo is the last manong—one of the first wave of Filipinos immigrating to the United States in the 1920s and 1930s— at the home for retired farm workers in the agricultural town of Delano, California. Battling illness and feeling isolated in the retirement village built by the United Farm Workers Union, Fausto senses it’s time to die. But he cannot reconcile his boyhood dream of coming to the “land of opportunity” with the years of bigotry and backbreaking work in California’s fields. Then, his estranged cousin Benny comes with a peace offering and tells Fausto that Benny’s son will soon visit—with news that could change Fausto’s life.

In preparation for the impending visit, Fausto forces himself to confront his past. Just as he was carving out a modest version of the American Dream, he walked out of the vineyards in 1965, in what became known as the Great Delano Grape Strikes. He threw himself headlong into the long, bitter, and violent fight for farm workers’ civil rights—but at the expense of his house and worldly possessions, his wife and child, and his tightknit Filipino community, including Benny.


To write this novel, Patty Enrado researched and interviewed Filipino farm laborers who were involved in the labor movement including her own family members. This intricately detailed story of love, loss, and human dignity spans more than eight decades and sweeps from the Philippines to the United States. In the vein of The Grapes of Wrath, A Village in the Fields pays tribute to the sacrifices that Filipino immigrant farm workers made to bring justice to the fields.
Added to the calendar on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 9:18AM
by H Dong
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