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Gun Dealers' Daughter Hardcover – July 9, 2012
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“A stunning and lyrical word-portrait of a 'martial-law baby' whose story of teenage romance and rebellion allows Apostol to braid together a wider set of issues: memory, history, language, nationalism, exile, and revolution.” (Paul Nadal - Public Books)
“Rich with emotion, reflection, and fervor, the story takes on an added element of revealing the struggles of Filipinos and women. While the narrative is strong, Apostol’s writing style―simple, poetic, and captivating at every point of Soledad’s journey―is the real draw….Reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Paradise and Melissa P.’s The Scent of Your Breath, this book will appeal to readers of literary fiction.” (Ashanti L. White - Library Journal)
“Philippine National Book Award–winner Apostol chronicles a country in political turmoil in her vertiginous American debut. ...Poetically told...Apostol offers an intriguing and significant view of Marcos-era Philippines in this complex and feverish novel.” (Publishers Weekly)
“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.” (Jessica Hagedorn, author of Toxicology)
“A daring, fever dream of a novel. Gina Apostol’s writing is a substance we couldn’t once get here. Savor it, reader, now that you can.” (Alex Gilvarry, author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant)
“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.” (Han Ong)
“Gina Apostol's novel is just what literature needed. Fresh, funny, irreverent, it won me over immediately.” (Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story)
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A finely wrought novel about modern-day Philippines seen through the eyes of the society's upper class. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Luzviminda
Enjoyed reading this. Insight into revolutionary movement in the Phillipines, gun trade, rich & poor. Took awhile to get into the book, but overall very satisfying.Published on June 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer