Alex Gilvarry discusses his debut novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant, a story in which high fashion and homeland security clash. A flamboyant fashion designer named Boyet unexpectedly winds up in Gitmo, locked away indefinitely on suspicion of being linked to a terrorist plot. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2012/jul/02/alex-gilvarrys-em-memoirs-non-enemy-combatantem/
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At The Economist: POLITICS and fashion are not mutually exclusive interests—a person might pledge to ProPublica only to enjoy a Style.com slideshow moments later. In literature, however, they tend to make strange bedfellows. So it’s with great pleasure that we read Alex Gilvarry’s funny debut novel, “From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant”, which cleverly entwines these seemingly disparate fictional worlds.
All it takes is one error in judgment to sweep Boy Hernadez, a newly minted Filipino fashion designer, away from Bryant Park and into No Man's Land—Mr Gilvarry’s fictionalised Guantanamo. The book is a post-modern mash-up of Boy’s flamboyant confession, a reporter’s mocking footnotes and some false documents.
This book is a unique satire of the topsy-turvy times immediately following the September 11th attacks. Mr Gilvarry spoke to us about mid-aughts Manhattan, the post-9/11 novel and the hazards of certain proper nouns.
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Alex Gilvarry presents his novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant ($26.95), a Signed First Editions Club selection. Boyet Hernandez is a small man with a big American dream when he arrives in New York in 2002, fresh out of design school in Manila. He sets up shop in a Brooklyn factory, but mere weeks later, there’s a knock on the door: the flamboyant Boyet is brought to Gitmo, handed a Koran, and locked away indefinitely.
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From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant (Hardcover) By Alex Gilvarry $26.95 ISBN-13: 9780670023196 Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days Published: Viking Adult, 1/2012