|Barnacle Love (2008) [Collection]|
by Anthony De Sa
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(From the publisher):
Like Wayson Choy and David Bezmozgis before him, Anthony De Sa captures, in stories brimming with life, the innocent dreams and bitter disappointments of the immigrant experience.
At the heart of this collection of intimately linked stories is the relationship between a father and his son. A young fisherman washes up nearly dead on the shores of Newfoundland. It is Manuel Rebelo who has tried to escape the suffocating smallness of his Portuguese village and the crushing weight of his motherís expectations to build a future for himself in a terra nova. Manuel struggles to shed the traditions of a village frozen in time and to silence the brutal voice of Maria Theresa da Conceicao Rebelo, but embracing the promise of his adopted land is not as simple as
he had hoped.
Manuelís son, Antonio, is born into Torontoís little Portugal, a world of colourful houses and labyrinthine back alleys. In the Rebelo home the Church looms large, men and women inhabit sharply divided space, pigs are slaughtered in the garage, and a family lives in the shadow cast by a fatherís failures. Most days Antonio and his friends take to their bikes, pushing the boundaries of their neighbourhood street by street, but when they finally break through to the city beyond they confront dangers of a new sort.
With fantastic detail, larger-than-life characters and passionate empathy, Anthony De Sa invites readers into the lives of the Rebelos and finds there both the promise and the disappointment inherent in the choices made by the father and the expectations placed on the son.
Part I Terra Nova
- Of God and Cod
- Reason to Blame
- Made of Me
- Barnacle Love
Part II Caged Bird Sings
- Urban Angel
- Shoeshine Boy
- Senhor Canada
- Pounding Their Shadows
- Mr. Wong Presents Jesus
Original title: Barnacle Love
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural→ Immigrant
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
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