The Portuguese in the Americas Series aims to contribute to the growing field of Portuguese-American Studies. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.
Almost Gone
Almost Gone
Brian Sousa; Frank X. Gaspar, fwd.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2013 . 192 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature / Portuguese-American Literature

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-45-0
$12.99 Ebook, 978-1-933227-50-4


Alternately gritty, suspenseful, and illuminating, Brian Sousa's debut collection of interlocking stories depicts the Portuguese American experience from a new perspective

Brian Sousa leaves sentiment and saudade behind in Almost Gone, a linked collection spanning four generations of a Portuguese immigrant family. In this hardscrabble world, the youth struggle with the secrets left behind by their elders, as their parents fought through the pain and joy of assimilation. Told through various perspectives, Almost Gone is a working-class tale of survival that finds no easy answers, but cuts straight to the bone.


Almost Gone is an evocative, sensual journey that carries us from Portugal to America, by way of the human heart.” – Lise Haines, author of Girl in the Arena, Small Acts of Sex and Electricity,and In My Sister's Country

“The deceptively straightforward stories of Almost Gone sneak up to unfold in every direction, across distance and generations, as in raw-edged, pared-down lyricism Brian Sousa reveals a humming web of tragedy and wonder staked across the sprawling networks of modern life. In his resonant overlapping of characters losing and finding themselves he works magic, revealing those timeless in-between spaces where life – and art – mean the most.” – Steve Himmer, author of The Bee-Loud Glade

The Collection