Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Publisher Information: New York, NY: Penguin House, 2019
Summary: Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.
Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth...and the part he played in it.
As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconsile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
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Links of Interest:
Author website: randyribay.com
Educator's guide: HERE
Author interview: HERE
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