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Barnacle Love

(2008)
A collection of stories by

 
 
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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"An astonishing talent." - Wayson Choy

"[These stories] have immense emotional and powerful truths." - Colm Tóibín


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Hardback Editions

March 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Barnacle Love
Author(s): Anthony De Sa
ISBN: 0-385-66436-2 / 978-0-385-66436-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Barnacle Love
Author(s): Anthony De Sa
ISBN: 1-56512-926-1 / 978-1-56512-926-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


October 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Barnacle Love
Author(s): Anthony De Sa
ISBN: 0-385-66437-0 / 978-0-385-66437-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday of Canada
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Barnacle Love
Author(s): Anthony De Sa
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   


February 2009 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Barnacle Love
Author(s): Anthony De Sa
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Availability: Amazon CA