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Alentejo Blue

book | 2006
UK → Doubleday
US → Scribner

Alentejo Blue is the story of a village community in Portugal, told through the lives of men and women whose families have lived there for generations and some who are passing through. For Teresa, a beautiful girl not yet twenty, Mamarrosa is a place from which to escape. For the dysfunctional Potts family, it is a way of running from trouble (though not eluding it). 

Vasco, a café owner who has never recovered from the death of his American wife, clings to the notion that his years away from the village, in the States, make him superior. One English tourist fantasizes about making a new life in Mamarrosa; for her compatriots, a young engaged couple, Mamarrosa is where their dreams fall apart.

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.

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Kate Cooper manages the translation rights for Alentejo Blue

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Danish
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Lindhardt & Ringhof
Dutch
World
Prometheus/Bert Bakker
French
World
Editions Belfond
German
World
Droemer Verlag
Italian
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Il Saggiatore
Norwegian
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Aschehoug & Co
Portuguese
Brazil
Editora Rocco
Portuguese
Portugal
ASA Edicoes
Spanish
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Grupo Santillana
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Alentejo Blue
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Her new book demonstrates her versatility and hints at the breadth and variety of her interests. Liesl Schillinger
The Simple Life
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