CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD: PHILIPPINE AMERICAN WRITER CALIFORNIA CEBU

MAGDALENA

a novel by

CECILIA MANGUUERRA BRAINARD

Published by PLAIN VIEW PRESS
ISBN: 1-891386-29-8
Softcover, 164 pages, $15.95
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The University of Santo Tomas Publishing House (UST Publishing House) released the Philippine edition of Magdalena in February 2017. Contact publishing@ust.edu.ph or call +63-2-731-3522.

Expertly written by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (USC Adjunct Professor and teacher at the UCLA-Extension's Writers Program), Magdalena is set in the chaotic backdrop of twentieth century East Asia. A romantic, powerful tale of three generations of Filipino women, written with a close eye on the terrors of war and the Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II, Magdalena is an intense, involving, highly recommended saga that documents author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard as a gifted author with a mastery of story telling that will keep the reader's total attention and engagement from first page to last! ~ Midwest Book Review

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Cecilia Manguerra Brainard has written an ambitious novel of forbidden love. Set against the turbulent history of East Asia in the twentieth century and by turns erotic and tragic, Magdalena vividly depicts three generations of strong Filipino women.~ Aimee Liu, author of Cloud Mountain

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With her second novel, Magdalena, Cecilia Brainard adds new portraits to the gallery in Philippine literature. She has always had a strong sense of place. Here, she provides an inner landscape as well. Together, these provide the coordinate for the family secrets that bind the characters as securely as bloodlines. By the end they have glimpsed who they have become, allowing the novel beyond its last page, to live on in the readers’ thoughts.~ Linda Ty-Casper, author of The Stranded Whale

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In this novel, Brainard blends a series of multiple perspectives to create a polyphoney of voices that enacts Philippines society ... The narrative is a nuanced vision of the workings of culture, social obligation, social class, obligation and the Filipino personality.~ Rocio G. Davis, author of Transcultural Reinventions: Asian Amerian and Asian Canadian Short Story Cycles.


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Cecilia Manguerra Brainard brings us another delightful book Magdalena. In her new novel, the author takes us back to a romantic era before our time in the Philippines, painting a rich portrait of one family's dramatic legacy. Magdalena flows like classic literature, following the style of many romantic women authors such as Charlotte Bronte and Luisa May Alcott, and even more contemporary writers such as Isabelle Allende and Amy Tan.

Although it is a quick read, the relationships between characters are so dramatic and so intertwined that it almost leaves you wanting to learn more! Brainard's style of storytelling welcomes her readers into a very familiar and intimate circle of storytelling; stirring memories of being wrapped around your lola's knee, as she tells you stories about the greatness of your family legacy and about life way back when. ~ Christina Dehaven, New Filipina (www.newfilipina.com)

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PRESS RELEASE

RELEASE OF NOVEL “MAGDALENA” BY
AWARD-WINNING FILIPINO AMERICAN AUTHOR

Plain View Press is proud to announce the publication of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s second novel. Magdalena is a powerful novel about the lasting effects war has on people’s lives. Playing with time and point of view, multi-award author, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, explores the loves and secrets of three generations of women in the Philippines from the time of the Philippine American War, World War II, and Vietnam War.
Midwest Book Review writes: “Expertly written by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (USC Adjunct Professor and teacher at the UCLA-Extension's Writers Program), Magdalena is set in the chaotic backdrop of twentieth century East Asia. A romantic, powerful tale of three generations of Filipino women, written with a close eye on the terrors of war and the Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II, Magdalena is an intense, involving, highly recommended saga that documents author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard as a gifted author with a mastery of story telling that will keep the reader's total attention and engagement from first page to last!”

The novel has received praise by PEN USA West President, Aimee Liu (Cloud Mountain) who says, “Cecilia Manguerra Brainard has written an ambitious novel of forbidden love. Set against the turbulent history of East Asia in the twentieth century and by turns erotic and tragic, Magdalena vividly depicts three generations of strong Filipino women.”
Likewise, Linda Ty-Casper (The Stranded Whale and Dream Eden) writes, “With her second novel, Magdalena, Cecilia Brainard adds new portraits to the gallery in Philippine literature. She has always had a strong sense of place. Here, she provides an inner landscape as well. Together, these provide the coordinate for the family secrets that bind the characters as securely as bloodlines.”
Rocio Davis (Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short Story Cyles) says, “In this novel, Brainard blends a series of multiple perspectives to create a polyphony of voices that enacts Philippine society before and during the Second World War. The narrative is a nuanced vision of the longings of culture, social class, obligation, and the Filipino personality.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is author and editor of nine other books, including the internationally-acclaimed novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, Philippine Woman in America, and Woman with Horns and Other Stories. She edited Fiction by Filipinos in America, Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, and Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence.
In 1998, Brainard received the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu. She has also received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award from the Los Angeles City Board of Education for her work dealing with Asian American youths. In 2001, she received a Filipinas Magazine Award for Arts and a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21st District, and others. She is an adjunct professor at USC and she also teaches at UCLA-Extension’s Writers Program.
Currently a member of PEN American Center, she has served in the Executive Board of PEN Center West. She co-founded the now-defunct Philippine American Women Writers and Artists. She currently runs Philippine American Literary House, an internet bookshop dedicated to making available Philippine and Philippine American books and ephemera in the United States. She has a website at www.ceciliabrainard.com.
Cecilia Brainard’s novel Magdalena is distributed by www.palhbooks.com and www.plainviewpress.com.
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CLICK HERE TO READ AN EXCERPT OF MAGDALENA

CLICK HERE TO READ A BOOK REVIEW BY WORLD LITERATURE TODAY, April-June 2003

CLICK HERE TO READ A BOOK REVIEW BY BABAYLAN SPEAKS, March 2003

CLICK HERE TO READ A BOOK REVIEW BY Rhodora G. Magan in the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences Vol. 4, No. 2, October 2015

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO BOOK REVIEW by Luisa Igloria for MELUS, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 2004

CLICK HERE TO READ Rhodora G. Magan's'scholarly paper, Eve and Her Beings: A Chopin-Brainard Simulation, delievered at the Asidan Conference on Literature & Librarianship, April 2-5, 2015, Osaka, Japan.


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