Some times the best things happen to the nicest, most talented people, and that's definitely true when it comes to Tony D'Souza, as dynamic, friendly, and gifted writer as you're likely to discover. The Konkans is his new critically acclaimed novel about a somewhat messed up family. It's funny, wise, and bittersweet, and an interesting comment on the immigrant experience. Mostly, though, it's riddled through with stories, great details, and brilliant character studies. One thing about D'Souza's fiction--it displays an essential generosity without being sentimental or soft.
Right now D'Souza's in the middle of "thirty-three stops on The Konkans tour." I checked in on D'Souza to quiz him about pivotal moments in his current book tour, to quiz him about pivotal moments in his current book tour, which features a "mix of colleges, bookstores, and the odd bar. Well, lots of bars, but I actually read in one, Stain Bar in New York City."
Favorite Meal: "A dozen oysters on the half shell and two glasses of super cold pinot grigio all by myself on a sunny afternoon in the Castro District. Nothing like catching a breather and a buzz before a reading!"
Worst Meal: "Honestly? At the College of Wooster in Ohio. A few senior English students took me for lunch to their cafeteria. The entree was penne pasta with sun dried tomatoes, but somehow they had managed to sun dry everything. I asked one of the students if it was always like that. He nodded as he chewed and said, 'Oh yeah.'"