ITEMS: Signed, personally dedicated copies of The Mango Bride, the Palanca award-winning novel about the Filipino diaspora and mail order brides, published this year by Penguin Books. TWO COPIES AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. For posting to North America and Europe only.
SYNOPSIS: Two women, two cultures, and the fight to find a new life in America, despite the secrets of the past…
Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life. Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom. Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas—an impoverished Filipina waitress—forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail-order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.
As Amparo works to build the immigrant’s dream, she becomes entangled in the chaos of Beverly’s immigrant nightmare. Their unexpected collision forces them both to make terrible choices and confront a life-changing secret, but through it all they hold fast to family, in all its enduring and surprising transformations.
BIO: Marivi Soliven has authored 17 books and taught creative writing classes in Manila and San Diego. For more information about her debut novel please visit http://marivisoliven.com/