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- Publisher: ALGONQUIN BOOKS OF CHAPEL HILL
- Format: Paperback | 226 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 45g
- Publication date: 31 August 2010
- ISBN 10: 1565129261
- ISBN 13: 9781565129269
- Sales rank: 1,246,819
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 tender and raw, morbid and surprisingly gentle by the "Vancouver Sun," "Barnacle Love" was a finalist for Canada 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 Toronto s Portuguese community in the 1970s. The first half of the book is told by Manuel Rebelo, who has fled his homeland and the crushing weight of his mother s expectations 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 Manuel s son Antonio, who along with his sister and mother lives in the shadows cast by Manuel 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, haunting and elegiac. "
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"In Barnacle Love, a set of interlinked stories, Anthony Da Sa moves with skill and ingenuity between folk tale, myth and narratives of contemporary displacement. The tone is spare and elegiac; the stories are filled with carefully chosen details and sharply drawn characters. They have immense emotional and truthful power." -Colm Toibin "Barnacle Love" "is a beautiful debut, haunting and elegiac, capturing lives at once as grittily real and as mythic as the sea that forms them." --Nino Ricci, author of Testament" " "Anthony De Sa's dramatic immigrant history is revealed in this series of linked stories often operatic in their tragic proportions and folk-tale in structure. With emotional power, incidents veer daringly in mood from brutal to tender. Anthony De Sa writes of the unbreakable connections between the old and new worlds with a revelatory passion. I have no hesitation in saying his is an astonishing talent." --Wayson Choy, author of All That Matters "This collection of linked short stories speaks poignantly about the wrenchingly opposing forces that can tear a family apart." -"Edmonton Journal" "A moving and engaging read, its memorable images and heart's woes sometimes visceral in their power." -"The Globe and Mail" "A book of exceptional balance. Tender and raw, morbid and surprisingly gentle. [It] will stay with readers long after the closing pages." -"The Vancouver Sun" "Poignant....Irresistible." -"Toronto Star" "From the Hardcover edition."