Barnacle Love

Barnacle Love

By Anthony De Sa

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565129269, 226pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

Anthony De Sa makes his fiction debut with this stunning collection of interlinked stories that explore the innocent dreams and bitter disappointments of the immigrant experience. Hailed as tender and raw, morbid and surprisingly gentle by the "Vancouver Sun," "Barnacle Love" was a finalist for Canada's highly prestigious Giller Prize.
Moving from a small Portuguese fishing village in the Azores to the shores of Newfoundland, "Barnacle Love" then takes us into the dark alleys of Toronto's Portuguese community in the 1970s. The first half of the book is told by Manuel Rebelo, who has fled his homeland and the crushing weight of his mother's expectations to build a future for himself in a new land. Manuel struggles hard to adjust, but fulfilling the promise of his adopted home is not as simple as he had hoped. The second half of the book is told with candor by Manuel's son Antonio, who along with his sister and mother lives in the shadows cast by Manuel's failures.
With fantastic, sometimes magical details and passionate empathy, Anthony De Sa invites readers into the lives of the Rebelo family. The results are, in the words of writer Nino Ricci, haunting and elegiac.

About the Author
Anthony De Sa, author of the story collection "Barnacle Love, " grew up in Toronto s Portuguese community. He graduated from University of Toronto, did his postgraduate work at Queen s University, and attended the Humber School for Writers and Ryerson University. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three boys. This is his first novel. His website is