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Francisco D'Sai is the firstborn son of a firstborn son - the latest in a long line of proud Konkans stretching back for centuries. Since he was old enough to hear the tales of his noble forebears, Francisco has known what it meant to be a Konkan in India. But what does it mean to be a Konkan in Illinois? His father, desperate to shed his past and fit in, drinks a lot and speaks very little, while his pony-tailed all-American mother remains as bewitched by India as when she first met her husband there. And then uncle Sam arrives from Chikmagalur, bringing with him all the dust and chaos of his homeland, along with enough stories to dazzle Francisco and enough charm to seduce his mother - Taking us from the villages on western India to the suburbs of 1970s Chicago, "The Konkans" is the exuberant portrait of one uprooted family, chasing the immigrant dream and creating their own family legends along the way.

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'A droll, collage-style, cross generational novel that takes in his parents' cultural conflicts' -- Metro

'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'
-- Historical Novels Review

About the Author:

TONY D'SOUZA's fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Playboy, Literary Review, and his first book, Whiteman, was published to great acclaim. He lives in Florida.

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