The Man in the McIntosh Suit

Drawn & Quarterly. May 2023. 212p. ISBN 9781770466661. pap. $24.95. F
Though Bobot has a law degree, the only work he is able to find upon emigrating to the U.S. in 1929 is picking fruit in rural California. He’s estranged from his wife, Elysia, whom he left behind in the Philippines, so it’s a shock when he receives a letter from his cousin saying that Elysia is now living in San Francisco’s Manilatown. Determined to reconnect with his wife, Bobot swipes a fellow worker’s prized McIntosh suit and heads to the city. His search for Elysia leads him through a succession of cafes, pool halls, seedy dive bars, luxurious speakeasies, and finally to La Estrella, a glamorous nightclub performer known as the Pearl of the Philippines. She and Bobot form an unexpected bond, and she claims to have information as to his wife’s whereabouts, but he’s not sure if he can trust her. Might she be luring Bobot into a scheme concocted by the vicious gangster who owns the nightclub where she performs?
VERDICT Ayuyang (Blame This on the Boogie) presents a gripping and romantic Depression-era noir about a fledgling community struggling to achieve the American dream without sacrificing who they are.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing