I have never read a book that features Filipino culture and The Mango Bride seems like a good place to start. Although, this is probably more literary fiction than women's fiction, I think that this may straddle both categories. I enjoy women's fiction since they almost always deal with family and social issues, and the Mango Bride looks to be right up my alley. October is Filipino American History Month, so if you are looking to expand your diverse collection of books check out The Mango Bride. If you are interested in finding out more about Filipino American history you can check out the Filipino American National History Society'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 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.