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July 6, 2013

MANGO BRIDE by Marivi Soliven

MANGO BRIDE                                                     4 STARS
by Marivi Soliven

OVERVIEW:   From Amazon

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.

This book was very interesting.  I world I know nothing about and I got to become part of it.  The book was very realistic and written on a personal note.  There are so many true to life settings.  You may wonder what it would be like growing up in Manila.   Some of the events in the book are based on true events. the author shows the Filipino psyche as the characters are "family".  The book will make you think, it's a very easy, fast paced read.  Some of the events you can really relate to, About 10 million Filipinos are living away from their own land.  Most of the overseas Filipinos are in the service.  Their culture is one of helping and caring.   You will find those who aren't but the majority are.  You may find that once you start reading  the MANGO BRIDE you won't want to stop.  The author  tackles some difficult subjects in this book,  what is supposed to be proper, immigration, types of class,  domestic violence.  Ms. Soliven compares what the older generations and the differences with the first generation Filipinos.  the author should be applauded for writing an interesting, educational and culturally defined book.  It was thought provoking.  She certainly did her research.
 I would recommend this book to everyone, especially women of all ages and races.  It's heartwarming and a you read, you become part of their world.

I would give this book 4 STARS

I received this complimentary copy of MANGO BRIDE from NightOwlReviews on behalf of the author Marivi Soliven for this unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Marivi 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 publish The Mango Bride in Spanish. The Mango Bride will be issued by Penguin Books on April 30, 2013.                   

1 comment:

marivi soliven said...

Thank you very much for your kind words. I am glad that you were able to relate to the situations presented in the book. ]Warm regards,

Marivi Soliven