Gun Dealers' Daughter by Gina Apostol
A Novel

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Winner of the PEN/Open Book Award

At university in Manila, young, bookish Soledad Soliman falls in with radical friends, defying her wealthy parents and their society crowd. Drawn in by two romantic young rebels, Sol initiates a conspiracy that quickly spirals out of control. Years later, far from her homeland, Sol reconstructs her fractured memories, writing a confession she hopes will be her salvation. Illuminating the dramatic history of the Marcos-era Philippines, this story of youthful passion is a tour de force.

About Gina Apostol

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Gina Apostol won the Philippine National Book Award for her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. She teaches at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Published November 4, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 305 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Returning to Manila, to a life lived among the elite, she had plans for a foreign education, but illness intervened and instead she attended a local college where she met a political crowd including another Soledad (this one a Maoist) and her wealthy boyfriend Jed.

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Soledad Soliman lives in a Philippines under martial law and rife with violent opposition groups, but her life exists in a “gilded womb.” When she enters university in Manila, she encounters the poverty and political unrest of her country and soon falls for the charismatic Maoist Jed, realizi...

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She is prone to such statements as, “At the clinic, my problem was finding the right angularity of things,” and “Worse was my recurring, miserable dysgraphia, a slip-sliding dementia of letters, an almost untenable mental pit.” Such expression does little to illuminate the story in any convention...

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Because her parents, “uncles,” and servants fulfill her every desire (often before she desires it), Soledad operates in an unseeing haze, her vision obscured by historical minutiae and classic literature.

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January 15th, 2013 reset - + WHEN I FIRST INTERVIEWED Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, for this publication (“Happiness Is A Warm Glock” ), the mass shootings in Aurora, CO and Oak Creek, WI were recent events.

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