MANILA NOIR, Edited by Jessica Hagedorn: Opening Sentences

Introducing, in the order in which the stories appear in the anthology:

  • “When we learn about the sign, we must see it for ourselves.”  —  Aviary, by Lysley Tenorio
  • “Casa Manila,” the docent announces, pushing the massive double doors twice before they give way.” —  A Human Right, by Rosario Cruz-Lucero
  • “Do you know what shabu means?” —  Satan Has Already Bought U, by Lourd De Veyra
  • “Sunday talk and it was all gossip.” —  Broken Glass, by Sabina Murray
  • “When we finally roll out, our seats are pitched up like we’re on a plane lifting from the tarmac.” —  After Midnight, by Angelo R. Lacuesta
  • “Nearly 13 million Filipinos ride the Metrostar Express every day.” —  Trese:  Thirteen Stations, a graphic short story, by Budjette Tan & Kajo Baldisimo
  • “The neck is broken.” —  Comforter of the Afflicted, by F. H. Batacan
  • “Somebody died in this car I’m driving.” —  The Professor’s Wife, by Jose Dalisay
  • “Lala makes the sign of the cross when she comes upon the naked, mutilated body of Vanessa Blanca hanging from the ancient balete tree on Moriones Street, a block away from the Tutuban train station.” — Cariño Brutal, by R. Zamora Linmark
  • “The story Magsalin wishes to tell is about disappearance.” —  The Unintended, by Gina Apostol
  • “Paco texted me, asking for a ride.” — Old Money, by Jessica Hagedorn
  • “Which parts of a bird are edible?” —  Desire, by Marianne Villanueva
  • “First of all, she wouldn’t change the locks on him.” —  Darling, You Can Count on Me, by Eric Gamalinda
  • “She doesn’t have to travel very far to see her fortune-teller.” —  Norma From Norman, by Jonas Vitman

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