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LPG Loan Stars Catalogue: Spring 2019

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Coconut Dreams
By (author): Derek Mascarenhas
9781771664813 Paperback, UK Trade English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories India Apr 15, 2019
$20.00 CAD
Active 5.25 x 8 x 0.7 in 268 pages Book*hug Press
Coconut Dreams explores the lives of the Pinto family through seventeen linked short stories. Starting with a ghost story set in Goa, India in the 1950's, the collection shifts to the unique perspectives of two adolescents, Aiden and Ally Pinto. Both first generation Canadians, these siblings tackle their adventures in a predominantly white suburb with innocence, intelligence and a timid foot in two distinct cultures.

Derek Mascarenhas takes a fresh look at the world of the new immigrant and the South Asian experience in Canada. In these stories, a daughter questions her father's love at an IKEA grand opening; an aunt remembers a safari-gone-wrong in Kenya; an uncle's unrequited love is confronted at a Hamilton Goan picnic; a boy tests his faith amidst a school-yard brawl; and a childhood love letter is exchanged during the building of a backyard deck. Singularly and collectively, these stories will move the reader with their engaging narratives and authentic voices.



Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. His fiction has been published in places such as Joyland, The Dalhousie Review, Switchback, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Antigonish Review. Derek is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto. Coconut Dreams is his first book.

ARCs will be available in January 2019.
Author tour in Toronto, Ottawa, Burlington, Hamilton, Montreal, and more.

For more information contact
hazel@bookthug.ca


"Prepare to be delighted." —Kim Echlin, author of Under the Visible Life

"A moving, multifaceted debut." —Alissa York, author of The Naturalist

"The stories in Derek Mascarenhas’s Coconut Dreams remind one of
the high stakes in a child’s world, the way that danger looms just
fractionally outside safety. Like all proper enchantments, these
vignettes are dark, light, strange, and vivid such that they delight and
charm in equal portions." —Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things


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