Mangos and Snowflakes



Inspired by real-life events, Mangos and Snowflakes takes place in El Salvador between the 1960s and 1990s – before, during, and after the civil war. The novel follows the life of Yatziri – a sunny, wild jungle girl who finds herself alone at a young age. As the war erupts around the country, Yatziri grows up and draws her strength among the Salvadoran land and people. She finds a new family among friends – Pepe, a strong, silent rebel; Francisco, an abandoned boy who was raised by the church and grew up to be an inquisitive man; and Mati, a brave, colourful, gay man with a young daughter. Together, the friends try to survive, until they are ripped apart by the war.

Mangos and Snowflakes explores the beautiful landscape and culture of El Salvador, the horrors and tragedies of the civil war, and the immense resilience of the survivors of the war. It is a tribute to El Salvador and its people.


Isis Maria Henriquez comes from a Salvadoran family, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and grew up in Canada. At the age of 7, her parents piled the family into a baby blue 1977 Dodge van, and drove from Edmonton, Alberta to San Salvador, El Salvador. Fascinated by the experience, she knew that the journey marked the beginning of her life as an educator, traveller, and storyteller. Her first novel, Mangos and Snowflakes, is an unconventional novel that tells the silenced stories of the victims of the Salvadoran civil war, and provides a multigenerational connection between those who were lost, those who survived, and those who are the fruit of the fight for survival.


ISBN 10: 1777769507
Imprint: Verdad Press
On Sale: 09/10/2021
Pages: 212
List Price: 21.99 CAD
BISAC1: FICTION / History / South American
BISAC2: FICTION / Military / War