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Almost Gone: A Novel in Stories
     

Almost Gone: A Novel in Stories

by Brian Sousa, Frank X. Gaspar (Other)
 

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Brian Sousa leaves sentiment and saudade behind in Almost Gone, a linked collection spanning four generations of a Portuguese immigrant family. In this hardscrabble world, the youth struggle with the secrets left behind by their elders, as their parents fought through the pain and joy of assimilation. Told through various perspectives, Almost Gone is a

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Brian Sousa leaves sentiment and saudade behind in Almost Gone, a linked collection spanning four generations of a Portuguese immigrant family. In this hardscrabble world, the youth struggle with the secrets left behind by their elders, as their parents fought through the pain and joy of assimilation. Told through various perspectives, Almost Gone is a working-class tale of survival that finds no easy answers, but cuts straight to the bone.

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“Sousa manages to make almost every story a stand-alone piece, while constructing a whole that feels, in the end, like an exquisitely rendered novel.”—SansSerif.com

“This novel epitomizes the novel-in-stories concept. Through this method, Brian Sousa perfectly blends four generations of Portuguese American struggles endured by a family. Told from different perspectives in different years and cities, the novel delves into the secrets and stability desired by a family of Portuguese immigrants. It looks deeply at their familial life, culture, and, most importantly, their devastating hardships.”—World Literature Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933227450
Publisher:
Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
Publication date:
02/12/2013
Series:
Portuguese in the Americas Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Flora M. González Mandri
“With Almost Gone, Brian Sousa records the lives of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in the United States with poetically-crafted prose. First generation characters Nuno, Helena, and Catarina fully display the pains and joys of adaptation to a new country as they look back to their early years rooted in small-town life. The narrative flows with great suspense through a series of interconnected vignettes that increasingly divulge deeply-kept secrets. A must-read!”
Ben Brooks
“The stories in Sousa’s first collection present an intimate look at four generations of a Portuguese family’s assimilation into America. Spanning three continents—and by turns touching, violent, sad, sexy, and thoughtful—these stories offer both a panoramic view and a close-up view of the melding of cultures.”
Lise Haines
“Almost Gone is an evocative, sensual journey that carries us from Portugal to America, by way of the human heart.”
Flora M. Gonzalez Mandri
"With Almost Gone, Brian Sousa records the lives of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in the United States with poetically-crafted prose. First generation characters Nuno, Helena, and Catarina fully display the pains and joys of adaptation to a new country as they look back to their early years rooted in small-town life. The narrative flows with great suspense through a series of interconnected vignettes that increasingly divulge deeply-kept secrets. A must-read!"
Steve Himmer
“The deceptively straightforward stories of Almost Gone sneak up to unfold in every direction, across distance and generations, as in raw-edged, pared-down lyricism Brian Sousa reveals a humming web of tragedy and wonder staked across the sprawling networks of modern life. In his resonant overlapping of characters losing and finding themselves he works magic, revealing those timeless in-between spaces where life—and art—mean the most.”

Meet the Author

BRIAN SOUSA’s stories and poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. He teaches writing at Boston College.

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