Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Creative Writing and Environment
K. L. Cook
“Isang bagsak,” meaning “one down” or “one fall,” was one of the rallying cries among the Filipino farm workers participating in the 1965 Delano Grape Strike, and is a cry that is echoed now by modern Filipinos protesting in solidarity with labor, racial justice, and human rights movements around the world. One Fall is a novel that closely follows four generations of the Gonzaga family. Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different family member and illuminates a facet of romantic, sexual, platonic, or familial love that encompasses the social, political, or economic tensions of the characters’ time period. Taken together, with letters interjected between each chapter, the novel explores an idea of family that relies not on blood and obligation, but on a deep commitment to the elevation of subsequent generations. The actions that characters take in order to fulfill this commitment creates friction and tension between characters, as well as opportunities for acceptance and redemption.
Caroliena Erracho Cabada
Cabada, Caroliena Erracho, "One fall" (2021). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 18466.
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