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Book: Almost Gone by Brian Sousa – Editor’s Note

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announces the publication of Almost Gone by Brian Sousa. Alternately gritty, suspenseful, and illuminating, Brian Sousa’s debut collection of interlocking stories depicts the Portuguese American experience from a new perspective.

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, just 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.

According to Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman and Director of DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, “Brian Sousa’s novel does for Portuguese immigrants from Southern New England what Stuart Dybek did for the Polish of Chicago. In every story, the heart is buried deep, and, in one way or another, each character is restlessly searching for home.” For Lise Haines, author of Girl in the Arena, Small Acts of Sex and Electricity and In My Sister’s Country, “Almost Gone is an evocative, sensual journey that carries us from Portugal to America, by way of the human heart.”

Almost Gone is volume 20 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, the publishing arm of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.

About the Author

Brian Sousa‘s stories and poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. He teaches writing at Boston College.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 192 pp. (6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9”)
  • Publisher: Tagus (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933227451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933227450

 Related Event

Please join us for a reading by Brian Sousa and a book launch of Almost Gone at the Boston Public Library (Commonwealth Room) from 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. The event—also featuring readings by authors Adija George and Irina Mashinsk—is part of the annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and is organized by the St. Petersburg Review in collaboration with the New England Poetry Club, Dzanc Books’ DISQUIET Lisbon Program, Summer Literary Seminars, SABLE LitMag, and Tagus Press.

Source: Tagus Press

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