The Mango Stone

Fiction in Progress

The Mango Stone follows three generations of a family through migrations from the Portuguese colony of Goa, to British East Africa, Britain and finally Canada. The story begins in 1973, reverts to 1933, and then alternates backwards and forwards during a period of great colonial upheaval, countries and citizenships changing at a distance. Violence and silences alter expectations, and result in cultural and generational conflicts.

Goan culture by its history and its nature is diasporatic and adaptive. And with each transplanting, there is gain and loss. This work seeks to capture the oral tradition that was so vital to the culture in this period. The Mango Stone is a taste of a migrant culture in flux.

Five selections from those earlier drafts have appeared in Descant, The Toronto Review, and West Coast Line.

I am grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and City of Barrie for support which periodically allowed for the time to write and edit of this work.

Ontario Arts Council Canada Council for the Arts

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