“Praying is not enough—better to put it in writing!” Bong Bong Luwad is living with his Auntie Yuna in LA, far from his Philippine village, the Marcos regime, and his mother who helped him escape. Bong Bong and Auntie Yuna spend their days watching old movies on TV and writing pleading letters to the saints and to dead relatives.
Noel Alumit was born in the Philippines and earned his bachelor's degree of fine arts in drama from the University of Southern California. He studied playwriting at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players.
His one-man show, The Rice Room: Scenes From a Bar, was voted one of the best solo shows of the year by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities. He recently premiered his latest solo show, Master of the (Miss) Universe.
Letters To Montgomery Clift is his first novel.
“With rare skill and a laconic tenderness, he guides the reader through hell and back. This brilliant, harrowing debut novel is hard to put down and harder to forget.”
— Velvet Mafia
Publication Date: February 15, 2002