Dogeaters Author:Jessica Hagedorn Welcome to Manila in th turbulent period of the Phillippines' late dictator. It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, and gossip, storytelling, and extravagant behavior thrive. — A wildly disparate group of characters - from movie stars to waiters, from a young junkie to the richest man in the... more » Philippines - become caught up in a spiral of events culminating ina beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination. In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth.« less
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I liked this one. Takes place in the Philipines in the early 50's. A huge cast of characters, told from the view of Rio, a young girl growing up then. She has been brought to America and is looking back on her childhood. Assassinations, dictators, pimps, junkies, beauty queens. This book has it all.