Originally created by Jill at Breaking The Spine, and adapted to Can’t Wait Wednesday by Tressa at Wishful Endings, Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am waiting on
The Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.
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 reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
With so many amazing books set to be released in 2019, I think sleep will be the first casualty in my mission to read them all. Patron Saints of Nothing sounds like a hard-hitting novel on the casualties of the war on drugs. It’s interesting to see how one event can quickly influence the path a person takes and while I think the story will pack plenty of punches, I am so excited to meet Jay and explore the ways he navigates the experiences he’ll have on his journey.
What’s your most anticipated book?