Reine Arcache Melvin
Reine Arcache Melvin, born and raised in Manila, is a Filipino-American author whose works focus on the Philippines and the lives of Filipinos both at home and abroad. Her short-story collection A Normal Life and Other Stories won the National Book Award for Fiction, and The Betrayed won both the National Book Award for Fiction and the Palanca Grand Prize for the Novel. The Betrayed is published this year in the UK, Italy, and the United States by Europa Editions. She has worked as a journalist, translator and editor for various international publications, including the International Herald Tribune in Paris.
Publisher’s description of The Betrayed
The Betrayed tells the story of two sisters who love the same man. As dictatorship and political upheaval ravage the Philippines, the sister’s conflicting passions threaten to lead them to betray not only each other, but all that their father stood for.
Shy, idealistic Pilar initially resolves to carry on her father’s fight against the regime, while her flamboyant older sister Lali reacts by marrying the enemy – Arturo, the dictator’s godson. Each tries to find their place in this violent world, but can they withstand the corruption of politics and the relentless pull of their own desires?
Taking in the Philippines’ troubled history from the Marcos dictatorship to the establishment of the present totalitarian regime, and expertly layering the many aspects of the human condition, The Betrayed is a complex and luminous novel.