Letters to Montgomery Clift by Noël Alumit

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“Praying is not enough—better put it in writing!” Bong Bong Luwad is living with his selfish Auntie Yuna in L.A., far from his Philippine village, the Marcos regime, and his mother who helped him escape. Bong Bong spends his nights watching old movies on TV, while Auntie Yuna writes pleading letters to saints and dead relatives. One night on the late-late movie, Bong Bong finds his own saint: Montgomery Clift, playing a soldier who helps a lost boy find his mother. Can Monty do the same for him? He gets out a pencil and paper and thus begins a series of extraordinary events that carry him from boyhood to adolescence, through sexual awakening, madness, and finally back to a place where he can begin his life again.

Letters to Montgomery Clift is a novel of endurance and hope. It is a tale of growing up, coming out, and going home.

“Noël Alumit knows about loss, and alienation, and sorrow. Fortunately for the readers of his bittersweet first novel, he knows even more about resilience and hope. Letters to Montgomery Clift brings us an authentic and compelling new voice that shimmers with generosity while never shrinking from the rawness of truth.”
aimee e. liu author of Cloud Mountain

“Noël Alumit will break your heart and then put it back together again with his absorbing and heartfelt fifirst novel. Letters to Montgomery Clift is a poignant journal of discovery and desire, a wicked storm of a story with a surprisingly graceful clearing.”
Peter G
adol author of Light at Dusk

About Noël Alumit

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Noel Alumit was born in the Philippines and earned his Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Southern California. He studied playwriting at the prestigious David Henry Hwang Writers Institute of East West Players in Los Angeles. His plays have been read at East West Players, at Teatro Ng Tanan in San Francisco, and at the Ma Yi Theater Company in New York, as well as other venues in Boston and Philadelphia. His work has also been published in Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America, Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, DisOrient, and the Asian Pacific American Journal. He is also a volunteer for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team in Los Angeles.As an actor, he has appeared in Beverly Hills 90210, The Young and the Restless, and Red Surf with George Clooney. He has performed in many Los Angeles productions, including the world premiere of Chay Yew's A Language of Their Own at the Celebration Theatre, which garnered him an LA Weekly award. Most recently, he starred in the premiere of Michael Kearns' Who's Afraid of Edward Albee?.Talking to the Moon is his second novel, following Letters to Montgomery Clift.
Published April 30, 2012 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Bounced around the foster care system after Auntie Yuna goes to the liquor store and never returns, Bong ends up with a well-to-do foster family, the Filipino Arangans, who are picture-perfect on the outside, but harbor their own mysteries, disillusionments and shames, one of which drives Bong aw...

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