The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven

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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 Marivi Soliven

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 Marivi Soliven has taught writing workshops at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, the Ayala Museum, and the University of California at San Diego. Several of her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies and textbooks on creative writing. She lives in San Diego. Author websites:;
Published April 30, 2013 by NAL. 362 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Characters excavate the past in order to illuminate the present.

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Ampara tries to stay .

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