Elaine Castillo

Elaine Castillo was born, raised and lives in the Bay Area.



Blazingly fearless... Castillo is hugely talented

Radical... I was startled at how moved I wasRowan Hisayo Buchanan

Critical and compelling
New York Times

The next big thing... It has drama and tragedy in spades, but it also has so much love of every kind spilling out of it pages that I closed it each night with a huge, warm smile
The Paris Review

This book is it: one of the best debut novels (and novels, period) of recent years

Entrancing and magnificent. Don't say you were not told. Dazzling.
NoViolet Bulawayo, Booker-shortlisted author of 'We Need New Names'

Epic, soaring, brilliant
Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti

Epic in its scale, sharp-as slam-poetry on the sentence level. Profound and mesmerising.
Meena Kandasamy, author of 'When I Hit You'

Beautifully tender, and a powerfully crafted portrayal of intimacy and the rawness of human emotion that will linger with you long after you've finished reading it.
Otegha Uwagba, author of the Sunday Times bestseller 'Little Black Book'

An intimate epic about immigrant women's losses, triumphs and desires. A bold, tender debut; its characters thrum with life.
Luiza Sauma, author of 'Flesh and Bone and Water'

Glorious... a sharp, bracing, often hilarious family epic about a young woman tormented by the relentless ghosts of her past while in search of an American Dream that is not always available to those who seek it.
Samantha Irby, New York Times Bestselling author of 'We Are Never Meeting in Real Life'

Wondrous. A nimble, vibrant, deeply moving feat, full of heart, humour and wisdom.
Irenosen Okojie, author of 'Speak Gigantular'

This is the book I didn't know I needed. This unexpected family, this history, this embrace of the sacred and the profane, this easy humour, this deeply felt human-ness, this messy, perfect love story.
Jade Chang, bestselling author of 'Wangs vs the World'

A sprawling tale of three generations of Filipino women, this wonderful book encompasses everything from political upheaval to familial understanding.

Elaine Castillo's full-throated debut, America is Not the Heart is quite simply one of the best first novels I've ever read.
John Freeman, Lit Hub

If peaches were the most tender fruit of 2017 thanks to Call Me By Your Name, this year prepare to have your heart melted by a persimmon.
AnOther Magazine

In this complex, nuanced novel, Castillo delves into a reality too often ignored by mainstream America, uncovering universal emotional truths along the way.
Harper's Bazaar, best April books

Castillo emerges as one of 2018's boldest new voices with this debut.
Entertainment Weekly

I really love this book.
Sam Baker, The Pool