Barnacle Love

Barnacle Love

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Anthony De Sa makes his fiction debut with this stunning collection of interlinked stories that explore the innocent dreams and bitter disappointments of the immigrant experience. Hailed as a€œtender and raw, morbid and surprisingly gentlea€ by the Vancouver Sun, Barnacle Love was a finalist for Canadaa€™s highly prestigious Giller Prize. Moving from a small Portuguese fishing village in the Azores to the shores of Newfoundland, Barnacle Love then takes us into the dark alleys of Torontoa€™s Portuguese community in the 1970s. The first half of the book is told by Manuel Rebelo, who has fled his homelanda€”and the crushing weight of his mothera€™s expectationsa€”to build a future for himself in a new land. Manuel struggles hard to adjust, but fulfilling the promise of his adopted home is not as simple as he had hoped. The second half of the book is told with candor by Manuela€™s son Antonio, whoa€”along with his sister and mothera€”lives in the shadows cast by Manuela€™s failures. With fantastic, sometimes magical details and passionate empathy, Anthony De Sa invites readers into the lives of the Rebelo family. The results are, in the words of writer Nino Ricci, a€œhaunting and elegiac.a€If there was any time left over, it was used to fix the house and tend the gardens. It seemed we measured ... And we didna#39;t want to interpret, at the bank or when someone rang the doorbell selling Electrolux vacuum cleaners. We were tired of anbsp;...

Title:Barnacle Love
Author:Anthony De Sa
Publisher:Algonquin Books - 2010-08-31


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