The Quiet Ones: A Novel

· Ateneo de Manila University Press
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About this ebook

During a regular shift at the call center, Alvin Estrada discovers a way to embezzle money from the American telecom giant for which he mans the phones. Soon a couple of friends join in, and the operation proceeds smoothly up until they quit, vowing to take the secret to their graves. A month later, a phone call at 4 in the morning tells Alvin that the police are on their way.

At once a workplace novel and a meditation on history and globalization, The Quiet Ones is a grimly humorous take on a soul-sapping, multi-billion-dollar industry. In interlocking narratives, it explores lives rendered mute by irate callers, scripted apologies, and life’s menial violence, but which manage to talk back every now and then, just as long as the Mute button is firmly pressed.

Winner, 2017 Palanca Grand Prize
Winner, 2018 NBDB and Manila Critics Circle National Book Award

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About the author

Glenn Diaz's work has appeared in Griffith Review, Asia Literary Review, Twenty-two New Asian Short Stories, and Likhaan, among others. He studied creative writing at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and taught at the Ateneo de Manila University. A recipient of the M Literary Residency, he currently lives in Adelaide.

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