By Tony D'Souza
“Funny and romantic and heartbreaking” (St. Petersburg Times), this novel is narrated through Francisco D’Sai, a firstborn son of a firstborn son—all the best way again to the start of an extended line of proud Konkans, the so-called “Jews of India,” who deserted their Hindu traditions, knelt prior to Vasco da Gama’s sword and Saint Francis Xavier’s move, and have become Catholics.
In Chicago within the early Nineteen Seventies, Francisco’s Konkan father, Lawrence, desires desperately to assimilate into American culture—pursuing a company activity and launching an uphill conflict to hitch the neighborhood state membership. yet Francisco’s American mom, Denise, a Peace Corps veteran who unearths the suburbs completely uninteresting, desires to protect the family’s history, feeding Francisco’s mind's eye with proud visions of India and Konkan history—with enthusiastic support from her lately arrived brother-in-law. occasionally it kind of feels like she’s extra eager about her husband’s history and tradition than approximately her marriage.
From the writer of Whiteman, a l. a. occasions booklet Prize finalist and winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize, it is a witty, wrenching portrait of generational, cultural, marital, and ancient clash, visible via one family’s experience.
“[A] savvy storyteller with a transparent, soulful voice.” —Entertainment Weekly
“D’Souza’s compelling story of 1 prolonged family’s trials and triumphs in a international land is an astute glimpse of the demanding situations, risks, and rewards of assimilation.” —The Boston Globe
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