Mandarin Patisserie

Based on devastating real-life experiences of author Nancy Collisson, the novel exposes the agony of being trapped in the ethereal vortex of Dubai when things that should go right, simply do not. Financial pressure, wicked scams, and a jail escape are part of the action that propel main character Vivek Alvares to a seeming safehouse, Mandarin Patisserie, a front operation where desert dreams die. More

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About Nancy J. Collisson

Nancy Collisson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has resided throughout the US and in Japan, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates. She earned a BA in English Literature at Marquette University and an MA in East Asian Languages & Cultures from the University of Kansas. Her thesis: 'An Examination of the Influence of Japanese Culture and the Failures of Economic Reforms Proposed by Supreme Command Allied Powers (SCAP) Economic Missions (1947 to 1949) on High Rates of Personal Savings in Japan,' is relevant to the Japanese post-war economic miracle.
Collisson has taught English and Japanese language at high schools throughout the United States, and at international schools in Indonesia, Japan, and at the American University in Dubai. She has also taught Japanese at William Jewell College and on live TV in Dallas, Texas. She also served as news editor of the Spooner Advocate based in northwestern Wisconsin. She is presently a professional writer and marketing and branding consultant where she resides in Dubai.
Along with 'Mandarin Patisserie,' she is the author of a collection of short fiction, 'Expiration Date & Other Stories,' which is also available at
Collisson is an expert at the mystical art of lexigramming - naturally seeing meaningful sentences in names and expressions - and this craft figures occasionally in aspects of her work.

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