Gina Apostol's third book, GUN DEALER'S DAUGHTER, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, BIBLIOLEPSY and THE REVOLUTION ACCORDING TO RAYMUNDO MATA, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, FOREIGN POLICY, GETTYSBURG REVIEW and MASSACHUSSETS REVIEW. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.
`A bravura performance in which war becomes farce, history becomes burlesque... Apostol is a magician with language (think Borges, think Nabokov) who can swing from slang and mockery to the stodgy argot of critical theory. She puns with gusto, potently and unabashedly, until one begins reading double meanings, allusions and ulterior motives into everything.' - Jen McDonald, NEW YORK TIMES