It has been famously said ofthe Philippines that the nation spent “three hundred years in the convent,and fifty years in Hollywood,” as a result of sequential colonial rule bySpain and the USA. Yates’s exuberant, rambunctious, and delightfully gonzofirst novel might reverse that ratio as it captures the holy libertinism of theisland nation in a compelling, unpredictable, fast-paced magical-realistnarrative.