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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd; Main edition (1 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846271304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846271304
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,148,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A droll, collage-style, cross generational novel that takes in his parents' cultural conflicts' -- Metro<br \><br \>'Appealing character-driven humour... often tinged with melancholy... the tensions shaping immigrant life... are memorably portrayed.' --Independent on Sunday

'Frequently funny, sometimes poignant... he never shies away from the big questions of migration, assimilation and reinvention' --The Independent

'Told with warmth, humour and finesse, The Konkans is a richly layered novel'
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"There is a kind of freshness and bubbling wonder in this book, the sense of a writer genuinely searching for answers." -- The Washington PostFrancisco D Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son all the way back to the beginning of a long line of proud Konkans, the Jews of India, who abandoned their Hindu traditions, knelt before Vasco da Gama s sword and Saint Francis Xavier s cross, and became Catholics. In Chicago circa 1973, Francisco s Konkan father, Lawrence, does his best to assimilate into American culture. But Francisco s American, Peace Corps veteran mother, Denise, and his uncle Sam are passionate raconteurs set on preserving the family s Konkan heritage, feedingFrancisco s imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history. Like his acclaimed debut Whiteman, Tony D Souza s The Konkans is an absorbing portrait of assimilation filled with romance, comedy, masterly storytelling, and the truth of family in any country."D'Souza's compelling tale of one extended family's trials and triumphs in a foreign land is an astute glimpse of the challenges, dangers, and rewards of assimilation." -- The Boston Globe"[F]unny and romantic and heartbreaking..." -- St. Petersburg TimesTONY D SOUZA is the author of Whiteman, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize. A Guggenheim fellow, his fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, Tin House, the Literary Review, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and elsewhere. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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