The Konkans

The Konkans

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Houghton

Francisco D'Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son—all the way back to the beginning of a long line of proud Konkans. Known as the "Jews of India," the Konkans kneeled before the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's sword and before Saint Francis Xavier’s cross, abandoned their Hindu traditions, and became Catholics. In 1973 Francisco's Konkan father, Lawrence, and American mother, Denise, move to Chicago, where Francisco is born. His father, who does his best to assimilate into American culture, drinks a lot and speaks little. But his mother, who served in the Peace Corps in India, and his uncle Sam (aka Samuel Erasmus D'Sai) are passionate raconteurs who do their best to preserve the family's Konkan heritage. Friends, allies, and eventually lovers, Sam and Denise feed Francisco’s imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history.

Filled with romance, comedy, and masterful storytelling, The Konkans leaves us surprised by what secrets history may hold for us if only we wonder enough to look.



Baker & Taylor
Francisco D'Sai, the son of a Konkan father, Lawrence, and an American mother, Denise, grows up surrounded by the colorful tales of India and Konkan history, stories that feed his imagination and give him a profound sense of his heritage and its meaning in his life.

Harcourt Publishing

Francisco D'Sai is a firstborn son of a firstborn son—all the way back to the beginning of a long line of proud Konkans. Known as the "Jews of India," the Konkans kneeled before the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's sword and before Saint Francis Xavier’s cross, abandoned their Hindu traditions, and became Catholics. In 1973 Francisco's Konkan father, Lawrence, and American mother, Denise, move to Chicago, where Francisco is born. His father, who does his best to assimilate into American culture, drinks a lot and speaks little. But his mother, who served in the Peace Corps in India, and his uncle Sam (aka Samuel Erasmus D'Sai) are passionate raconteurs who do their best to preserve the family's Konkan heritage. Friends, allies, and eventually lovers, Sam and Denise feed Francisco’s imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history.

Filled with romance, comedy, and masterful storytelling, The Konkans leaves us surprised by what secrets history may hold for us if only we wonder enough to look.

 

Blackwell North Amer
"That my mother was made of unusual things should be obvious in her desire to go to India, to marry an Indian," Francisco D'Sai observes near the beginning of this family tale. An idealistic young Peace Corps worker from Detroit, Denise Klein marries Lawrence D'Sai, an industrious young man from the small but proud community of Indian Catholics known as the Konkans.
She gives birth to Francisco several years later in Chicago. Soon thereafter, Francisco's fun-loving uncles, Les and Sam, arrive at O'Hare airport sporting Fu Manchu mustaches. An American kung fu film had been all the rage in India the year before, and knowing nothing else of America, they'd grown their mustaches to get ready for their trip.
Francisco's father, whose greatest desire is to assimilate completely into American culture, is not happy to see them. He does not want anything from India following him into his new life in America, where he works very hard, speaks very little, and drinks too much.
Meanwhile, as Francisco grows up, his mother and his uncle Sam, both passionate raconteurs, do their best to preserve the family's Konkan heritage. Kindred spirits and closest confidants, Denise and Sam feed Francisco's imagination with proud visions of India and Konkan history.

Baker
& Taylor

Francisco D'Sai, the son of a Konkan father, Lawrence, and an American mother, Denise, grows up surrounded by the colorful tales of India and Konkan history, stories that give him a profound sense of his heritage and its meaning in his life.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2008
ISBN: 9780151015191
0151015198
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOSOUZA
Characteristics: 308 p.

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