By Monica Ali
(Scribner, Paperback, 9780743293044, 240pp.)
Publication Date: June 5, 2007
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Following her National Book Critics Circle and Los Angeles Times Book Award-nominated, bestselling debut, Brick Lane, Monica Ali's splendid Alentejo Blue "rewards readers with characters who etch themselves into one's memory" (People).
Set in a small Portuguese village, Alentejo Blue is a story of displacement and modernization told through the lives of the locals and of people who are just passing through. The residents of Mamarrosa whose ancestors occupy the graveyards are restless and struggle to make a living. They watch as tourists and expats move in.
Monica Ali's characters are profoundly sympathetic. Her understanding of their dreams, desires, and disappointments is rare and moving. Alentejo Blue is evidence that Monica Ali is one of the most gifted voices of her generation.
Monica Ali has been named by Granta as one of the twenty best young British novelists. She is the author of In the Kitchen, Alentejo Blue, and Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
"With its supple prose and acute insights...Alentejo Blue...establishes definitively that Monica Ali is a major literary talent." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Indelible...[Alentejo Blue] rewards with characters who etch themselves into one's memory." -- People
"This stunningly crafted fiction will knock you off your feet." -- O
"Luminous...both touching and compelling." -- Library Journal
"Dazzling." -- Time Out New York