The Konkans

From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt USA, Portobello UK and Commwealth, Mondadori Italy, and Rupa and Granthayan India.

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 startling 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.

  • Florida Silver Medal for Fiction
  • The Washington Post 'One of the Best Novels of the Year'
  • The Christian Science Monitor 'One of the Best Novels of the Year'
  • Publishers' Weekly 'One of the Best Novels of the Year'
  • Poets & Writers Magazine 'One of the Best Novels of the Year'

2008

February

6 Thursday
University of Central Florida

10 Sunday
Williamsburg Sunday Salon, NY

11 Monday
NY Public Library Young Lions

12 Tuesday
Denison University

13 Wednesday
College of Wooster

14 Thursday
Kenyon College

19 Tuesday
University of Texas

20 Wednesday
Albion College

26 Tuesday
Harvard Bookstore

27 Wednesday
Mass Bay Community College

28 Thursday
Emerson College (A.M.)
Newtonville Books (P.M.)

March

1 Saturday
Watch Tony on A&E's Bill Kurtis Investigates; check local listings

3 Monday
Powell's Portland

4 Tuesday
LA Book Soup

5 Wednesday
Pacific Lutheran University

6 Thursday
Washington State University

7 Friday
San Francisco's Books Inc.

10 Monday
Hope College

11 Tuesday
St. Ignatius, Chicago

12 Wednesday
University of Notre Dame

19 Wednesday
Great Lakes Colleges Association, Ann Arbor

25 Tuesday
Oxford's Square Books, MS

26 Wednesday
Miami Books & Books

28 Friday
Sarasota News & Books

29 Saturday
Naples Barnes & Noble

30 Sunday
Sarasota Prime Timers

April

1 Tuesday
Earlham College

3 Thursday
Ohio Wesleyan University

4 Friday
Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville

21 Monday
University of Missouri St. Louis

23 Wednesday
Shasta College

26 Saturday
Redding Public Library, CA

29 Tuesday
Kalamazoo College

May

3 Saturday
Northern California Writers' Forum

June

5 Thursday
National Endowment for the Arts, DC

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