The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven sounds like a book I’m going to really enjoy. I love stories of people, especially women from a different culture trying to make a life in America. I love the cover on this one as well – it’s very pretty. Needless to say I didn’t have time right now to read this one as it’s hard enough keeping up to what I am reading but I sure did want to share a copy with my readers. Check out what the book is about and then you can enter to win a copy for yourself!
About The Mango Bride (from Marivi’s website)
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 both of them 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 Marivi Soliven (from Marivi’s blog)
Marivi Soliven has taught writing workshops at the University of California, San Diego and at the University of the Philippines. Her writing first gained recognition with silver medals for children’s fiction at the 1992 and 1993 Palanca Awards for Literature. In 1998 her short story “Beaux Café” won the Philippines Free Press Grand Prize for fiction. Suddenly Stateside, a collection of essays about the Filipino diaspora and the immigrant experience was an instant bestseller when it was first released in Manila in 2002. It has gone through multiple printings and is now available in both Kindle and Nook digital editions at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.
Short stories and essays from Soliven’s 15 books have appeared in Philippine anthologies and textbooks on creative writing. Other essays and flash fiction have been featured in Where Are You From? An Anthology of Asian American Writing (Oregon) and The Journal of Post Colonial Studies (0hio). Her short story, “Talunang Manok,” was adapted for a short film in December 2011.
In 2012, Soliven won a spot in the highly coveted Hedgebrook’s Writers in Residence program, one of 41 fellows chosen from a field of 1,000 applicants. The grant provided her with a two week writing retreat at the Hedgebrook estate on Whidbey Island in 2012, in the company of other writers, most notably Gloria Steinem.
GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US only)
I have one copy of The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven to share with my US readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
- For 2 entries follow my blog. If you already do let me know and I’ll pass the extra entry on to you as well.
- Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 3 entries.
This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on June 1/13. Good luck!