Boyet Hernandez is a small man with a big American dream when he arrives in New York in 2002, fresh out of fashion school in the Philippines. But on the brink of fame and fortune, there comes instead a knock on the door in the middle of the night: the flamboyant ex-Catholic is swept to America’s most notorious prison, administered a Qur’an and locked away indefinitely to discover his link to a terrorist plot.
Funny, wise and beguiling, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant gives us a tale so eerily evocative that it, and its hero, are poised to become an indelible part of the reader’s imagination and the literature of our strange times.
Alex Gilvarry is a native of Staten Island, New York. He has been a Norman Mailer Fellow and has written for NPR’s All Things Considered, The Paris Review, and other publications. He is the founding editor of the website Tottenville Review, a book review collaborative. From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatantis his first novel. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts.