Set in a fictional province in the Philippines, the novel tells the story of the Arguelleses, the Visbales, and the Monsantillos-and their eventual downfall.
The three families are members of powerful, wealthy haciendero clans that have long stood uncontested by those in their midst. But beneath the gleam and glitter of their lives lie age-old secrets that speak of deceit, greed, and corruption. Sins amassed over generations will come to a head, calamities and death will wreak havoc on the land, transgressors will face vengeance-and so the cycle goes on.
The Maps of Camarines is a chronicle of the forces that have and continue to assail Philippine society today, as well as the consequences if they are left to fester in the time to come.
About the author:
Maryanne Moll has written three books. Her first book, Awakenings (2001), and her second book, Little Freedoms (2003), are both collections of essays. Her third book, Married Women (2014), is a short story collection, and the book was a finalist for the Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for Best Book of Short Fiction in English in 2014. Her short story ‘At Merienda’ won Third Prize in the 2005 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.
Her short stories have also been included in anthologies, which includes Philippine Speculative Fiction IV, Philippine Genre Stories: Special Crime Edition, and Anomalous 30. She was a fellow for the National Writer’s Workshops in the University of Santo Tomas (2002), Dumaguete (2002), and the University of the Philippines (2021). Before writing fiction, she was a reporter and columnist for Bikol Daily, and also worked as disk jockey and newscaster for an FM radio station in Naga City, Camarines Sur. She has created and managed some publications for the Philippine National Police. More recently, she has worked as a Publications Specialist for a government-owned-and-controlled corporation for more than ten years.
She has earned units for the degree Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines Diliman, before transferring to a different degree program. She is currently working on her thesis for Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, Major in Literary Theory, at the UP Diliman.
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