Cover

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Title page, Series page, Copyright, Epigraph

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword: Returning to Cape Verdean American Culture with Jarita Davis

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pp. xi-xiv

Is this the time for a new vision of Cape Verdean American culture? Large communities of Cape Verdeans have been part of the population of southeastern New England for more than a century and a half, with merchant and passenger ships connecting these islands off the West African coast to New England ports such as New Bedford and Providence since the time of whaling and throughout the age of heavy industry. The region soon...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xvi

When I was twelve years old, my grandfather, Papa, was disappointed to hear that I wasn’t studying Portuguese at school. “What are you going to do when you go to the old country?” he asked me. At the time, I thought his question was absurd. I had no intentions of going to the old country, where he himself had never returned after he left the island of Brava at age twelve. My...

Part 1

Dreaming in Crioulo, or Why I Romanticize the Old Country

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pp. 3-4

Joseph Silva Barboza, a Portrait

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pp. 5-6

Another Homecoming

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pp. 7-7

Dress Whites

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pp. 8-8

Ana Left the Old Country

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pp. 9-9

The Children, Their Darkness

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pp. 10-11

Defining the Morna

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pp. 12-13

While Listening to Cesaria Evora

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pp. 14-14

Atlantic Coasts

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pp. 15-16

Corn

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pp. 17-18

Return Flights

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pp. 19-20

Part 2

The Woman Who Cleans Fish

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pp. 23-23

The Wedding Feast, Brava 1926

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pp. 24-24

Harvesting a Return

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pp. 25-27

Alone in Plymouth

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pp. 28-28

Swimming Lessons

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pp. 29-29

Nantucket Sleigh Ride

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pp. 30-31

The Scrimshander

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pp. 32-34

Part 3

One Criolinha Speaks

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pp. 36-36

You Cannot Prepare for This Trip

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pp. 37-37

Impressions in Stone

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pp. 38-39

Arrival

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pp. 40-41

At Midnight You Board the Boat to Brava

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pp. 42-42

The Rainy Season

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pp. 43-44

Meeting Mano and Mãe Vinda

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pp. 45-46

This Is Someone Else’s Life

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pp. 47-47

We Four Harvest Mangoes

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pp. 48-49

Mangoes

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pp. 50-50

I Am Twenty-eight Today

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pp. 51-52

In the Field

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pp. 53-53

Santa Maria das Dores, Sal

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pp. 54-55

That Last Night

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pp. 56-56

Departure

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pp. 57-58

Cape Verde Has Been Slipping from Me

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pp. 59-60

Part 4

Vista from the Schoolhouse Steps

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pp. 62-62

Djiny Describes the Festival of São João

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pp. 63-63

Tonight

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pp. 64-64

Seven Hesitations of Maria DeSilva

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pp. 65-65

Sara Andrade Lobo, Age Seven

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pp. 66-66

Each Evening

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pp. 67-67

José Fishing in Fajã d’Água

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pp. 68-68

Acknowledgments

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pp. 69-70

Glossary

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pp. 71-72