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Home Is an Island

A Novel

Originally published by Random House in 1951, Home Is an Island is an autobiographical novel about boyhood on the Azores during the early twentieth century. Set in the mid-Atlantic, halfway between Portugal and the United States, Home Is an Island captures the simple, pastoral life in a village of the Old World where the popular imagination is permeated by the wonders of America and its promise of wealth and opportunity. This book will appeal to readers interested in America in the literary imagination, island literature, Portuguese-American literature, and Diaspora studies.

About the Authors

ALFRED LEWIS (1902–1977), born on the mid-Atlantic island of Flores, immigrated to California in 1922. Having learned English only after arriving in America, he went on to study law and became a municipal judge in the San Joaquin Valley. Lewis was the first Portuguese-American writing from an ethnic perspective to claim the attention of the general reading public. He is the author of Sixty Acres and a Barn: A Novel.


"There is about this novel a fine, tender, sensitive, spiritual quality, a quietness and repose quite in keeping with the simple, honest and straightforward lives of the villagers. . . . Well recommended."—Library Journal

"It is the kind of book that is delightful to read."—Chicago Sunday Tribune

"One does not often find a novel that reads like a poem, that tells a simple story in a simple prose, and yet is heroic, a novel of importance."—Patricia Highsmith
Tagus Press
Portuguese in the Americas Series

9781933227368 : home-is-an-island-lewis-nunes
$24.95 USD

Other Titles by Alfred Lewis

Sixty Acres and a Barn

Alfred Lewis, edited by Frank F. Sousa, OtherDonald Warrin
Apr 2012 - Tagus Press
$20.00 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Portuguese in the Americas Series

News on the American Dream

Alberto Pena Rodriguez, translated by Serena Rivera
Nov 2019 - Tagus Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Poems of Renata Ferreira

Oct 2019 - Tagus Press
$14.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Behind the Stars, More Stars

edited by Christopher Larkosh, Oona Patrick
Mar 2019 - University of Massachusetts Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in FICTION / General

Staten Island Stories

Claire Jimenez
Dec 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

Smiling in the Darkness

Oct 2019 - Tagus Press
$14.95 USD - Paperback / softback


Moacyr Scliar, translated by Malcolm McNee
Sep 2019 - Tagus Press
$14.95 USD - Paperback / softback