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The 35¢ Dowry (Mango Blood #1)

Maryvonne Fent


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When eighteen-year old Minouche, the Parisian daughter of a working-class single mother, meets Stefan, a charismatic Polish student longing for the spiritual enlightenment of Indian teachings, she realizes that the narrow life she shares with her mother is no longer enough. She daydreams of world travels with Stefan as they roam the City of Light, but as they fall in love, Minouche embraces not only Stefan, but his ardent desire to experience India. After he gets a grant and leaves to pursue his studies in Madras, she is determined to follow him. But how? It's 1959, and in Paris, money is still hard to come by. Can she somehow raise enough cash for such a trip? And will Stefan welcome her if she succeeds? To fulfill her dreams, she must embark on a journey that will test her in challenging ways.The 35¢ Dowry is an edgy coming-of-age tale with loads of international flair and romantic color.

BookBaby, 9781543987171, 386pp.

Publication Date: December 30, 2019

About the Author

Maryvonne is French and grew up in Paris. After studying classical Indian dancing and music in India for five years, she taught in the ethnomusicology departments at Wesleyan University and U.C.L.A. While teaching Indian music, Maryvonne discovered a taste for rock-and-roll, taught herself to play the electric bass, and exchanged her saris for platform boots.She has a grown daughter born in New York. Her husband is American and a talented recording artist who brought two sons and a delightful hybrid-wolf puppy into her life. They live in Hollywood, where Maryvonne shares her time between writing, playing the bass and enjoying her growing American family. After twelve very special years, Barewolf passed on. She now has two cats.Maryvonne has published short stories and has translated several novels and screenplays to be optioned for movies. She is currently finishing a second novel in which Minouche discovers the overwhelming beauty of India, but also its darker side, as she wrestles with the challenge of mastering India's sacred dance and music.