Told with a lyrical, almost dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming of age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a familys rise and fall from grace in the Philippines It would take a young warrior to survive itCinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten bedroom home in the Philippines Filled with her mothers opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her fathers self made success, it was a girls storybook playland But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mothers terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelles fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once beenIn this remarkable ode to survival, Cinelle creates something magical out of her truthunderscored by her complicated relationship with her mother Through a tangle of tragedy and betrayal emerges a revelatory journey of perseverance and strength, of grit and beauty, and of coming to terms with the price of familyand what it takes to grow upCinelle Barnes is an essayist, memoirist, educator, and candlemaker with a BA in media studies in journalism from Hunter College and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Converse College Books have been the one constant in her lifethrough her tumultuous childhood in the Philippines, her years living as an undocumented immigrant in New York City, her time as a new bride living in the American South, and as she completed her MFA program and began writing about her secrets She lives between two states with her husband and daughter New York, where she is always inspired to write, and South Carolina, where she can be close to the ocean Find her online at cinellebarnes, and follow her on Instagram cinellebarnesbooks