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Philippine historical fiction.

“Gina Apostol creates one of the most compelling characters in recent fiction…” – Los Angeles Review of Books

Gun Dealers’ Daughter by Gina Apostol

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Gun Dealer's Daughter - Gina Apostol
Gun Dealers’ Daughter – Gina Apostol

A young woman pieces together her troubled past in this story of rebellion and romance set in the Marcos-era Philippines.

Soon after she leaves home for university in Manila, Soledad Soliman (Sol) transforms herself from bookish rich girl to communist rebel. But is her allegiance to the principles of Mao or to Jed, the comrade she’s in love with? Can she really be a part of the movement or is she just a “useful fool,” a spoiled brat playing at revolution?

Far from the Philippines, in a mansion overlooking the Hudson River, Sol confesses her youthful indiscretions, unable to get past the fatal act of communist 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.

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“Apostol writes the city of Manila as a beautiful metaphor for the collective psyche of both her character and the collective experience of the Philippines under dictatorship.” — Bookslut

Gun Dealers’ Daughter by Gina Apostol

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“Hallock lived in the Philippines for a time, and I think this allows her to layer the story with cultural nuances that would be difficult to extract from historical records alone.” – Book Thingo

Under the Sugar Sun by Jennifer Hallock

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Under the Sugar Sun -Sugar Sun Series #2 - Jennifer Hallock
Under the Sugar Sun -Sugar Sun Series #2 – Jennifer Hallock

A schoolmarm, a sugar baron, and a soldier…

It is 1902 and Georgina Potter has followed her fiancé to the Philippines, the most remote outpost of America’s fledgling empire. But Georgina has a purpose in mind beyond marriage: her real mission is to find her brother Ben, who has disappeared into the abyss of the Philippine-American War.

To navigate the Islands’ troubled waters, Georgina enlists the aid of local sugar baron Javier Altarejos. But nothing is as it seems, and the price of Javier’s help may be more than Georgina can bear.

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Other books in the Sugar Sun Series:

“Hallock has obviously done a great deal of research into her time period; both her American and her Filipino characters feel sympathetically believable, and the charged political climate of the day is drawn with refreshing nuance.” — Historical Novel Society

Under the Sugar Sun by Jennifer Hallock

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