Unmaking

“Unmaking”
Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief
Ed. Dean Francis Alfar
February 4, 2014
[reprint]

First Lines

The unmaking started with our car, a soft-top VW bug painted bright teal. It disappeared one afternoon while I was out, picking up some food and a carton of juice. The juice was for me. Raymond had stopped drinking it weeks ago, another item on his list.

Too acidic, he said, as though the oranges would etch him away from the inside out.

 

The Anthology

On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, hit the Visayas region of the Philippines, devastating the provinces of Samar and Leyte. The storm claimed over 6,000 lives and leveled entire towns and cities. A few days after the storm, writer Dean Francis Alfar issued a call asking other writers to contribute stories for an anthology, the proceeds of which will go to charity. The final result is an anthology of different stories by authors you’d never expect to share a same table of contents, celebrating the power of words and compassion over the destructive forces of nature.

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