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Orders should be placed on or before JUNE 17, 2013.


Thursday June 27 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Embassy of the Philippines
Romulo Hall
1600 Massachusetts Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20036
Friday June 28 5:30-7:30 p.m. and
Saturday June 29 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sweet City Desserts
131 West Maple Avenue
Vienna, Virginia 22180

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The Mango Bride
Marivi Soliven (Author)

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Product Details
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0451239846

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.
About the Author
Marivi_Soliven1Marivi Soliven has taught writing workshops at UC San Diego and at the University of the Philippines. Her writing first gained recognition with silver medals for children’s fiction at Palanca Awards for Literature in 1992 and 1993.In 1998, her short story “Beaux Café” won the Philippines Free Press Grand Prize for fiction. Another short story, “Talunang Manok,” was adapted for a short film in December 2011. Short stories and essays from Soliven’s 15 books have appeared in anthologies and textbooks on creative writing. Her essays and stories have been featured in “Where Are You From?”, An Anthology of Asian American Writing and The Journal of Post Colonial Studies. She gained entry to Hedgebrook’s Writers in Residence program in 2012.

Under “The Mango Bride’s” original title, “In the Service of Secrets”, the unpublished novel won the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. In January 2013 Ediciones Planeta Madrid bought the rights to publish “The Mango Bride” in Spanish.

The Mango Bride was released by Penguin Books on April 30, 2013. Like her main character, the author moved from the Philippines to California, where she now lives and works as an interpreter. This is her first novel.

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