Must be fate then. Read on.

“In My Mother’s House”

When people ask me where they can get a copy of my book, I never really know what to say. Unfortunately, it is not available in any bookstores in the US. I’ve decided to set up this page as an order form of sorts via PayPal (my PayPal email is sanapakaininmoko [at] The book, including shipping and tracking, costs $20. Please let me know if you want me to write a note and to whom I should address it when you place your order.

Alternatively, please consider requesting your local library to purchase a copy. At the moment, my book can be found in four libraries in the US: three are university libraries, and the Library of Congress.



What critics have to say about “In My Mother’s House”:


In My Mother's House-May 30, 2012 cover

“This novel introduces us to a capable, promising novelist. Joni Cham will, in due time, be a bright light in Philippine literature.”

Cirilo F. Bautista


“An honest and insightful exploration of the complex, sometimes tortured, relationship between an immigrant Chinese mother and her Philippine-born daughter, In My Mother’s House guides us across cultural minefield of personal, familial and cross-cultural trauma to that place made safer by the finality of death and the possibility of forgiveness and rebirth.”

Charlson Ong


“In My Mother’s House announces itself as a novel about domesticity, and that it is. And yet, in the hands of first-time novelist Cham, this task is by no means simple or unassuming. Here is an incisive and at times merciless unpacking of a troubled mother-daughter relationship, complicated by the heady cultural dynamic attending “Chineseness” and all that it implies in a morally repressive, ritually pious and middle-class Philippines. Cham’s unlikely heroine, dark-skinned bearer of a profound personal darkness, must wrestle with the difficult ghosts of her unfinished past, even as she must seek to reconcile herself with its overbearing specter, to whom she must render filial devotion at the same time that she must repudiate it, if only to survive. A closely observed and intimately written family drama, harrowing in its critique of familial pieties, out of whose charred ruins must emerge the harried possibility of love.

J. Neil C. Garcia


“Joni Cham’s In My Mother’s House is an impressive debut novel by a promising young writer.”

– Gerardo Torres


Please buy a copy or I’ll be very sad.

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Here’s how to order online (click what applies to you):


2 Responses to ““In My Mother’s House””

  1. Lar says:

    Hey, I finally made it here to your blogsite;) So how do I get a copy;)

  2. joni says:

    Hi Lar!! I just saw this now! I’ll send you an email. :)

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