A National Book Award Finalist, named a “Best Book of the Year” by Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly

A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story.

Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth—and the part he played in it.

As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. He earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He currently teaches English and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Additional Information:

  • Author: Randy Ribay
  • Published 2020
  • 352 pages, softcover
  • 3 X 5 ½ inches