218: Signed and personally dedicated copies of The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven Blanco

The Mango Bride by Marivi SolivenITEMS: 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.

Marivi SolivenBIO:  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/

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  1. Honeypie

    “For posting to North America and Europe only.”

    Does this mean that bidding is only available to these two continents?

  2. Only for this particular book, Honeypie! The other listings are to anywhere. I’d like to open the bidding for this one – £10

  3. Emma blight


  4. Please note this item listing includes TWO (2) signed and personally dedicated copies of The Mango Bride – so you can keep one for yourself and give the other to your favorite reading buddy 🙂 Happy to chat with you on google hangouts as well if you have questions after reading my novel.

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