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.
Home Is an Island
University of Massachusetts Press
Home Is an Island
A Novel
Alfred Lewis; Devin Nunes, fwd.

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2012 . 240 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature / Portuguese American Literature

$24.95 Hardcover, 978-1-933227-36-8


“Lewis’ style and quality of the narrative is most refreshing. Some of his descriptive passages, in the pellucid simplicity and rich imagery, ring with the lyricism of poetry.”
- New York Times Book Review

On an island in the Azores, a young Portuguese boy comes of age, discovering love and literature before he departs for America

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.


“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

From the Book

“Lewis’ classic book remains relevant today. Home Is an Island says a lot about America and immigrants in the early twentieth century, and how they decided to come to America. It describes in countless ways how Azoreans viewed themselves as Americans long before they left the Azores.”
- Congressman Devin Nunes, From the Foreword

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