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Leaving Pico
Leaving Pico, Frank X. Gaspar has crafted a coming-of-age-in-ethnic-America novel set in the Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts. For narrator Josie Carvalho, a single summer brings great loss and abrupt change, but also a new understanding of his place, Leaving Pico has a rating of 3.5 stars
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Leaving Pico, Frank X. Gaspar has crafted a coming-of-age-in-ethnic-America novel set in the Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts. For narrator Josie Carvalho, a single summer brings great loss and abrupt change, but also a new understanding of his place, Leaving Pico
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  • Leaving Pico
  • Written by author Frank Gaspar
  • Published by University Press of New England, April 2001
  • Frank X. Gaspar has crafted a coming-of-age-in-ethnic-America novel set in the Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts. For narrator Josie Carvalho, a single summer brings great loss and abrupt change, but also a new understanding of his place
  • Set in the vibrant Portuguese community of Cape Cod, a compelling story of a young man's coming-of-age.NY Times Book Review - Erik BurnsGaspar's novel is an expert portrait of the Portuguese immigrant experience, from its resistance to ful
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Frank X. Gaspar has crafted a coming-of-age-in-ethnic-America novel set in the Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts. For narrator Josie Carvalho, a single summer brings great loss and abrupt change, but also a new understanding of his place in the world.. "In the insular Portuguese fishing community of the Cape, Josie's life has been shaped by the annual influx of summer tourists (who are largely oblivious of the locals) and his great aunt Theophila's fervent if idiosyncratic Catholicism (she has visions and keeps a private shrine to the saints). The community is also sharply divided between the Picos like himself (whose ancestors hailed from the Azores) and the Lisbons (whose forebears came directly from the old country). The counterweight to these forces has been the boy's relationship with his grandfather John Joseph, a drunk, clam-poaching old man who is nevertheless a sly and tricksterish master storyteller.. "Josie's shaky religious faith receives a jolt when he prays that his unwed mother might find a husband, and a stranger named Carmine arrives from New Bedford and begins to call on her. His mother's relationship with the Lisbon Carmine soon disrupts the family's equilibrium and throws their lives into conflict. Josie finds himself divided in his loyalties and upset over what he fears is his responsibility for the trouble.. "His grandfather comes to his aid with a healing narrative, a magical act of storytelling that lifts him out of the present and into a heroic past.


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