From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

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9780143123064: From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

The critically acclaimed debut from Alex Gilvarry, a darkly comic love letter to New York, told through the eyes of Boy Hernandez: Filipino immigrant, glamour junkie, Guantanamo detainee.
Alex Gilvarry's ambitious second novel, Eastman Was Here, will be on sale in August 2017.

Alex Gilvarry's widely acclaimed first novel is the story of designer Boy Hernandez: Filipino immigrant, New York glamour junkie, Guantanamo detainee. Locked away indefinitely and accused of being linked to a terrorist plot, Boy prepares for the tribunal of his life with this intimate confession, a dazzling swirl of soirees, runways, and hipster romance that charts one small man's undying love for New York City and his pursuit of the big American dream--even as the present nightmare of detainment chisels away at his vital wit and chutzpah.
A New York Times Editor's Choice, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant unveils two of America's most illusory realms--high fashion and Homeland Security--in a funny, wise, and beguiling, and Kafkaesque tale for our strange times.

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Unveiling two of America's most illusory realms high fashion and Homeland Security Alex Gilvarry's w....

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"One of the best celebrations and condemnations--Brock Clarke

"This is a sly, witty novel. You''ll be quoting lines from it to your friends." --David Bezmozgis, author of "The Free World"
--David Bezmozgis

"Like "30 Rock "at its most gleefully savage . . . [This] cocktail of themes--immigrant on the make, post-9/11 burlesque, sybaritic send-up of fashion and hipster Brooklyn--goes down smoothly because Gilvarry writes with authority, if often with tongue firmly in cheek . . . It's not false praise to say that "From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant "anticipates our reality." --Jacob Silverman, "The Daily Beast "
"This is a sly, witty novel. You'll be quoting lines from it to your friends." --David Bezmozgis, author of "The Free World"
""From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant "is sharply written and wryly witty, touching on the sensitivities and paranoia of post-9/11 America. . . . Combining a Kafkaesque hero with a captivating "coming to New York" story, Gilvarry's debut is a timely and touching triumph." "--"Stephanie Turza, "Booklist"
"Lively . . . Hilarious . . . [A] whirligig of a book [that] draws some striking parallels between the way we mythologize stars and the way we look at terrorists. . . . "From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant" slices through these tropes, using Boy's pure improbability as the skewering blade." --John Freeman, "Boston Globe"
"One of the best celebrations and condemnations

"Gracefully tackles politically charged subject matter . . . with wit and compassion . . . An engaging victim of uncertain times, [here's] a protagonist who will appeal to readers of all political persuasions." --"Publishers Weekly"
"In this funny debut, flashy Filipino fashion designer Boy Hernandez sees his American dream become a nightmare when he's ensnared in a terrorist plot and shipped to Guantanamo. Gilvarry nails the couture scene, but Boy's rough journey from Manolo to Gitmo is no joke." --Andrew Abrahams, "People"""
"The deepest intelligence is poetic, incisive and inordinately funny. Heads up, folks. Alex Gilvarry just walked through the door." --Colum McCann, author of "Let the Great World Spin" and "Zoli"
"It's rare for a novel to tread so fearlessly into the political and yet to emerge so deeply funny and humane. Gilvarry is a young talent on the rise. Watch him gallop through the mess we've made of our civilization with style and panache." --Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story" and "Absurdistan"
"A smart, funny novel with political undertones that will also be particularly enjoyable for those with an interest in fashion . . . [Gilvarry's] style and dark humor are subtle and witty . . . The events that unfold are equally disturbing and entertaining." --Shaunna E. Hunter, "Library Journal"
"A fabulous and poignant read....Gilvarry's prose is both conversational and confessional, hitting all the right notes in this bittersweet rendering of the American Dream gone tragically awry." --Nicole, "Linus's ""Blanket "
"Deadly serious, laugh-out-loud funny...A sparkling onion of a book." --Carlo Wolff, "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"
"Original, smart, and incisive . . . Part manifesto, part immigrant love story, part satire, part tragedy . . . [and] eminently readable." --Roxane Gay, "The Rumpus"
"Such a blast... Quick, witty and hilarious." --Meredith Turits, "Glamour.com"
"A talented writer and observer . . . [Gilvarry] skillfully captures the frenetic world of striving designers." --"Kirkus"
"Finally, a young American novelist who has the guts to confront the absurdity of the last decade. Gilvarry has given us a sly, hilarious, and wickedly insightful book about living in the United States (or trying to live in the U.S.) in the aftermath of September 11th. Fashion, terrorism, New York and Guantanamo Bay: in the hands of Gilvarry, hilarity ensues. A brilliant debut." --Michael Hastings, author of "The Runaway General" ("Rolling Stone")""and "The Operators"
"Alternately amusing and chilling. The author showcases his gift for comedic writing, while simultaneously allowing the serious themes of the story to surface and take root." --Rege Behe, "Pittsburgh Tribune-Review"
"A poignant reminder of what contemporary fiction ought to be. You will laugh, but you'll do so nervously, sitting at the edge of your seat." --Ana Grouverman, "The Rumpus"
"One of the best celebrations and condemnations of American fear and ambition since Bellow's Augie March was doing the celebrating and condemning." --Brock Clarke, author of "Exley" and "An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England"
"A unique satire of the topsy-turvy times immediately following the September 11th attacks . . . . which cleverly entwines the seemingly disparate fictional worlds [of] politics and fashion." --"The Economist's"""Prospero blog

"Captivating . . . evocative." --Vogue.com

Delicious . . . A left-handed love letter to America.
Daniel Asa Rose, "The New York Times Book Review"
Lively . . . Hilarious . . . [This] whirligig of a book draws some striking parallels between the way we mythologize stars and the way we look at terrorists.
John Freeman, "The Boston Globe"
It's rare for a novel to tread so fearlessly into the political and yet to emerge so deeply funny and humane. Gilvarry is a young talent on the rise. Watch him gallop through the mess we ve made of our civilization with style and panache.
Gary Shteyngart, author of "Super Sad True Love Story" and "Absurdistan"
The deepest intelligence is poetic, incisive and inordinately funny. Heads up, folks. Alex Gilvarry just walked through the door.
Colum McCann, author of "Let the Great World Spin" and "Zoli"
Finally, a young American novelist who has the guts to confront the absurdity of the last decade. Gilvarry has given us a sly, hilarious, and wickedly insightful book about living in the United States (or trying to live in the U.S.) in the aftermath of September 11th. Fashion, terrorism, New York and Guantanamo Bay: in the hands of Gilvarry, hilarity ensues. A brilliant debut.
Michael Hastings, author of "The Operators"

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"Delicious . . . A left-handed love letter to America."
--Daniel Asa Rose, The New York Times Book Review
"Lively . . . Hilarious . . . [This] whirligig of a book draws some striking parallels between the way we mythologize stars and the way we look at terrorists."
--John Freeman, The Boston Globe
"It's rare for a novel to tread so fearlessly into the political and yet to emerge so deeply funny and humane. Gilvarry is a young talent on the rise. Watch him gallop through the mess we've made of our civilization with style and panache."
--Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan
"The deepest intelligence is poetic, incisive and inordinately funny. Heads up, folks. Alex Gilvarry just walked through the door."
--Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin and Zoli
"Finally, a young American novelist who has the guts to confront the absurdity of the last decade. Gilvarry has given us a sly, hilarious, and wickedly insightful book about living in the United States (or trying to live in the U.S.) in the aftermath of September 11th. Fashion, terrorism, New York and Guantanamo Bay: in the hands of Gilvarry, hilarity ensues. A brilliant debut."
--Michael Hastings, author of The Operators

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