This haunting and compelling first novel of a Filipino boy sent to America by his parents to escape the brutal Marcos regime is a story of hope set against a backdrop of abuse and alienation. Bong Bong Luwad begins to write letters to the ghost of Montgomery Clift, at first asking to be reunited with his family, but as he undergoes the pains of adolescence, sexual discovery, and mental illness, the letters form a journal of self-discovery.
Stonewall Book Award, American Library Association
Violet Quill Award, InsightOut Books
Global Filipino Award, Our Own Voice
Gold Seal, ForeWord Magazine
PEN Center USA West Literary Award in Fiction
Lambda Literary Prize in Gay Men’s Fiction
Southern California Bookseller’s Fiction Award
Asian American Writers Workshop Literary Awards
One of the Best Books of the Year!
The Gay Times