By Monica Ali
Scribner, Hardcover, 9780743293037, 240pp.
Publication Date: June 20, 2006
At the opening of "Alentejo Blue," an old man reflects on his long and troubled life in this seemingly tranquil place, and anticipates the homecoming of Marco Afonso Rodrigues, the prodigal son of the village and a symbol of the now fast-changing world. When Marco does finally return, villagers, tourists, and expatriates are brought together, and their jealousies and disappointments inevitably collide.