From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry
A Novel

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Comedy, we’re reminded, often has an ulterior motive. Here the intention could hardly be more serious — to scare the smirk off our mugs as we enter Year 10 of Guantánamo’s use as a prison, with no end to the suffering in sight.
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Alex Gilvarry's widely acclaimed first novel is the story of designer Boy Hernandez: Filipino immigrant, New York glamour junkie, Guantánamo 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 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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About Alex Gilvarry

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A native of Staten Island, ALEX GILVARRY has traveled extensively in the Philippines, where his family is from. He's the editor of the Web site Tottenville Review, he has been named a Norman Mailer Fellow, and his writing has appeared in The Paris Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published January 5, 2012 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Daniel Asa Rose on Mar 23 2012

Comedy, we’re reminded, often has an ulterior motive. Here the intention could hardly be more serious — to scare the smirk off our mugs as we enter Year 10 of Guantánamo’s use as a prison, with no end to the suffering in sight.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Nancy Wigston on Jan 21 2012

Satires needn’t end happily. Still, Gilvarry lightens the long dark night of our likeable Fashion Terrorist in his final chapters.

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