Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-9

Contents

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pp. ix-xi

Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

One

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pp. 1-17

In the Year of the Rat

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pp. 3-10

The Romance of Bait

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pp. 11-26

At Sea Domingo Learned to Steady His Hand

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pp. 12-27

Insects in Maria Elena’s Kitchen

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pp. 13-28

The Flood of Ants

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pp. 14-29

A Parable

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pp. 15-30

Before Takeoff, Fidelito Prays

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pp. 16-31

Fidelito Sails over Manila

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pp. 17-32

On His First Flight Over

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pp. 18-33

Fidelito Haunts Airports

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pp. 19-34

On the Downward Escalator

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pp. 20-35

Manong Jose, While Cleaning His Last Window Before Coffee, Sees Fidelito and Is Pleased Though Wary

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pp. 21-36

Fidelito Prays to the Wind, Asking for Advice, but Not Really Asking

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pp. 22-37

Two

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pp. 23-39

School Years

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pp. 25-40

When Fidelito Is the New Boy at School

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pp. 26-41

Why Maria Elena Calls the Boy’s Name So Many Times in a Day

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pp. 27-42

Fidelito Takes Flight up a Ladder

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pp. 28-43

For Hours, Fidelito Hangs from the Topmost Branch Before Letting Go

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pp. 29-44

She Leaves the Water Running

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pp. 30-45

Fidelito Suddenly Becomes Afraid of Heights

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pp. 31-46

From the Ocean, Fidelito Pulls

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pp. 32-47

The Fisherman’s Chronicle

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pp. 33-48

Grounding

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pp. 34-49

In Sleep He Practices Flying

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pp. 35-50

Three Madonnas

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pp. 36-51

The Fourth Madonna

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pp. 37-52

Carpenter Ants

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pp. 38-53

From a Country with One Million Marias

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pp. 39-54

A Cupboard Full of Halos

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pp. 40-55

Fidelito Dreams the Village

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pp. 41-56

Domingo, Too Old for Fishing

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pp. 42-57

The Romance of the Television

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pp. 43-58

When Fidelito Says He’ll Fly Away

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pp. 44-59

Domingo’s Advice for Fidelito

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pp. 45-60

Nine Secrets the Recto Family Can’t Tell the Boy

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pp. 46-47

Origami Dove

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pp. 48-63

Manong Jose Remembers Fidelito’s First Fall

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pp. 49-64

Fidelito Contemplates How Powerful He Has Become and Thinks of Ways to Alter Weather Patterns

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pp. 50-65

Three

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pp. 51-67

Mind-Swimming

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pp. 53-68

After the Boy Goes to Bed

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pp. 54-69

Domingo’s Blood Clot

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pp. 55-70

The Romance of the Amputated Leg

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pp. 56-71

How Domingo Disappears

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pp. 57-72

In the Dream with Blue Snow

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pp. 58-73

The Death of Domingo Recto

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pp. 59-74

What Fidelito Knows of His Father

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pp. 60-61

Maria Elena Puts His Good Shoes Away

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pp. 62-77

What the Kitchen Was

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pp. 63-78

The Way the Blessed Mourn

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pp. 64-79

Earth and Sky

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pp. 65-80

Birds and Their Various Fevers

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pp. 66-81

A Plan to Control the Weather

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pp. 67-82

Under the Stained Glass Saints

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pp. 68-83

The Puzzle of Kites

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pp. 69-84

The Box of Stars

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pp. 70-85

What the Laundry Told Maria Elena

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pp. 71-86

Wren Jealousies

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pp. 72-87

An Anatomy of Birds / The Miraculous Ascension of Fidelito Recto

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pp. 73-74

Manong Jose Discusses How the Boy and His Strangeness Grew into His Name

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pp. 75-90

When Fidelito Grows Up, Maria Elena Reads

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pp. 76-91

With the Grace of Basket Weavers

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pp. 77-92

Fidelito Speaks of One Evening at the Turn of a Century but Mentions No Particular Century

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pp. 78-93

Other Books in the Series

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pp. 79-94

Back Cover

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pp. 95-95