Marivi has taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines and the University of California at San Diego. Stories from her 17 books have appeared in anthologies in Manila and the United States. Her short story “Talunang Manok” was recently adapted into a short film, titled “The Losing Cock” by Delano Manongs Director Marissa Aroy. After gaining awards for two children’s books in 1991 and 1992, Marivi’s debut novel In the Service of Secrets won the 2011 Grand Prize for the Novel, all three prizes conferred by the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. That novel, retitled The Mango Bride was published by Penguin Books in the April, 2013. The San Diego Book Awards later named The Mango Bride Best Contemporary Fiction of 2014. The novel’s Spanish edition, Hace Una Eternidad en Manila (Grupo Planeta, 2014) was released in October, 2014. National Book Store released the Filipino edition in August 2015. Readers' responses to The Mango Bride inspired Marivi to develop the Saving Beverly Campaign, a series of literary fundraisers that benefit nonprofits offering support services for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Since its inception in in October 2014, these events have raised enough money to gain legal residency for nine survivors and rescue them from their abusive marriages.
ABOUT THE MANGO BRIDE
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.
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