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Monica Ali ALENTEJO BLUE First Edition Signed

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First UK edition, first print hardback of ALENTEJO BLUE, by Monica Ali and published by Doubleday / Transworld Publishers, a division of Random House, London in 2006. Signed by Monica Ali on the title page. With full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine) with only minor shelf wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Monica Ali is one of Granta's Best of young British Novelists of the decade, Newcomer of the Year at the 2004 British Book Awards and has been nominated for most of the major literary prizes in Britain. Her first novel, Brick Lane, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the George Orwell Prize for political writing and the prestigious Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Internationally there has been similar recognition including, in the United States, the National Book Critics Circle Award and theLos Angeles Times 'First Fiction' Prize for which the book was shortlisted. She is the author of In the Kitchen, Alentejo Blue, and Brick Lane, and Untold Story.

"Alentejo Blue is the story of the Portuguese village of Mamarrosa told through the lives of those who live there and those who are passing through - men and women, children and old people, locals, tourists and expatriates.

For some, such as Teresa, a beautiful, dreamy village girl, it is a place from which to escape; for others - the dysfunctional Potts family - it is a way of running from trouble (but not eluding it). Vasco, a café owner who has never recovered from the death of his American wife, clings to a notion that his years in America make him superior to the other villagers. One English tourist makes Mamarrosa the subject of her fantasy of a new life, while for her compatriots, a young engaged couple, Mamarrosa is where their dreams finally fall apart.

At the book's opening an old man reflects on his long and troubled life in this beautiful and seemingly tranquil setting, and anticipates the return of Marco Afonso Rodrigues, the prodigal son of the village and a symbol of this now fast-changing world. The homecoming is the subject of continuing speculation, and when Marco Afonso Rodrigues does finally appear, villagers, tourists and expatriates are brought together and jealousies, passions and disappointments must inevitably collide."

'With its supple prose and acute insights...Alentejo Blue...establishes definitively that Monica Ali is a major literary talent.' – Entertainment Weekly

'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.

299 pages.

ISBN: 0 385 60486 6

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