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

Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author living in London. She was a journalist writing about dictators in the Third World before she took up a full time position battling dictators of the nappy-clad variety. She inadvertently became a web designer while avoiding doing the dishes. She takes procrastination to new levels by blogging, drawing and making YouTube videos for fun. Her debut novel Tall Story was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for eleven children’s book prizes including the Blue Peter prize. It won the Crystal Kite Children’s Book Prize for Europe. Her latest book is called Shine. www.candygourlay.com


  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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