Synopses & Reviews
Monica Ali's stunning second book is a collection of stories set in the Alentejo province of Portugal, linked by characters and by a vivid sense of place and time. We meet Teresa, a beautiful young girl from the village who is supposed to marry a suitable man from the same community but who wants to see the world, to desire more. We meet Vasco, a cafâ owner who lived in America for ten years and thinks more highly of himself than he should. He is losing business to the new Internet cafâ down the road. Simultaneous.
The story of the picturesque village of Mamarrosa is told through the lives of those who live there and those who are passing through--children and old men, expatriates of all ages, tourists, and locals. 240 pp. 75,000 print.