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The Ally: A Novel

The Ally: A Novel

The Ally: A Novel

The Ally: A Novel


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In this unexpectedly hilarious social novel, a misguided thirty-something tries to beat his girlfriend at her own game: becoming the ultimate feminist.

When he first meets Najwa at a lecture by Siri Hustvedt—whom he’s never read—our hero discovers a whole new world of feminist thought. Determined to impress her, he sets out sincerely on his journey to allyship. His mother confides in him about the dreams she had to sacrifice because of the patriarchy, and he laments the violence and oppression women face. But he can’t help but notice that they’re going about their activism the wrong way…
So our hero does what any good ally should: he gathers the worst of the macho men in town and begins a campaign to provoke the feminists. By “putting them in their place” with this phallic club—pelting demonstrators with raw eggs, posting obscene, threatening manifestos—he’s convinced he can make women understand, and get them to fight harder for the cause.
Following him as his plan spectacularly fails, The Ally mixes humor, clever storytelling, and hard-core feminist theory to lampoon the macho superiority complex and our modern gender wars.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635422542
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 12/13/2022
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Iván Repila worked in advertising, graphic design, and publishing before turning to writing with his highly acclaimed debut novel, Despicable Comedy. His second novel, The Boy Who Stole Attila’s Horse, was his first to appear in English. Repila’s work is celebrated in his homeland of Spain and praised for its originality and depth, and has been translated into more than fifteen languages.

Mara Faye Lethem is an award-winning translator of contemporary Catalan and Spanish prose, and the author of A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small. Her recent translations include books by Patricio Pron, Max Besora, Javier Calvo, Marta Orriols, Toni Sala, Alicia Kopf, and Irene Solà. She is currently translating the collected short stories of Pere Calders.

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