When I bade Marikina goodbye in 2008 I sent home to Bicol two balikbayan boxes of clothes, books, and other items I didn't want to bring with me North. I've forgotten about those books, so when I arrived home for a short vacation two weekends ago I was pleasantly surprised to see them displayed in a bookcase, sharing space with books my sister owned—such as the short novels My Imaginary Ex and No Strings Attached by Mina V. Esguerra.
I smiled when I saw those two titles, and told my mother that I actually knew their author. I should've known that she'd tell my sister (who was then in Metro Manila for the start of her service year with JVP).
It turns out that Mina—man, it's weird having to refer to Y by her pen name—had written one of my sister's favorite books. I didn't ask which one it was but if I have to guess, I'd pick MIE over NSA if only because the former "flowed" better (yep, my book reviews are that helpful).
Unfortunately, I also let slip that Mina has already published two more books (Fairy Tale Fail and Love Your Frenemies). Thanks to my big mouth, I now have an assignment, ha ha!