other books by Gina Apostol
Far from the Philippines, in a mansion overlooking the Hudson River, Sol confesses her youthful indiscretions, unable to get past the fatal act of radical fervor that locked her memory in an endless loop. Rich with wordplay and unforgettable imagery, Gun Dealers’ Daughter combines the momentum of an amnesiac thriller with the intellectual delights of a Borgesian puzzle. In her American debut, award-winning author Gina Apostol delivers a riveting novel that illuminates the conflicted and little-known history of the Philippines, a country deeply entwined with our own.
Jessica Hagedorn on Gun Dealers' Daughter:
In Gun Dealers’ Daughter, Gina Apostol probes the hard truths of love, nationhood, and exile with crisp intelligence and subtle humor. Apostol is a fearless, stylish writer of substance and her American debut is long overdue.
Edward Said wrote that the role of the intellectual is to present alternative narratives on history than those provided by the ‘combatants’ who claim entitlement to official memory and national identity—who propagate ‘heroic anthems sung in order to sweep all before them.’ In this fearlessly intellectual novel, Gina Apostol takes on the keepers of official memory and creates a new, atonal anthem that defies single ownership and, in fact, can only be performed by the many—by multiple voices in multiple readings. We may never look at ourselves and our history the same way again.
John Barth on The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata:
Gina Apostol’s The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata weaves the complex tangle of Philppine history, literature, and languages (along with contemporary academic scholarship) into a brilliant tour de force of a novel. Brava!
Primi Peregrino is a girl on a mission: she hunts for books and writers even as her country is falling to pieces. She prefers sex to rebellion and words to war as the EDSA rebellion of 1986 magically and unexpectedly unravels. Going through a diary of poets, from Sabado Gloria to Viernes Santo, she falls prey to her own delusions but remains true to her fantasy: that books will make her whole.
Luis Katigbak on Bibliolepsy:
"Bibliolepsy, despite all the couplings and uncouplings, is not a love story, or at least not a typical love story involving a man or a woman. It is, as the title implies, about an obsessive, overpowering love of books...For those of us who have gotten down on our hands and knees to thoroughly search bargain book bins...we will find our fervor echoed in the character of pale, biblioleptic Primi, and find Bibliolepsy a dizzyingly eloquent, slightly disturbing, but ultimately strangely comforting read."
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"There is Didion in the female protagonist with the fractured consciousness and there is Naipaul in the sharp portrait of a Third World where revolution battles privilege, but Ms. Apostol performs her own unique alchemy: she fuses poetic language with a thriller story to create a mesmerizing slow-burn of a book."
"Gina Apostol’s debut novel is just what literature needs. Fresh, funny, irreverent, it won me over immediately."
“Gina Apostol creates one of the most compelling characters in recent fiction…Soledad holds our attention to the last word...Apostol has given us a tour de force tale about late 20th century Manila, but Gun Dealers’ Daughter is also a book for our times.” —
LA Review of Books