Author: Ben Antao

818937028 | PB | pp. 334 | 2006 | Goan Observer

Penance by Ben Antao describes two couples – one in a conventional and one in a non-conventional relationship and he dilemma’s they face as a result.

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Here’s a novel for our times! It’s a story of two couples – Donna and Karen in a radical relationship, and James and Alice, a conventional couple – and what happens when Karen is attracted to a happily married man. Take it from there and we have a sensitive, gripping portrayal of contemporary society.

Without being judgemental, the author succeeds in pulling our heartstrings to sympathise with the dilemmas of both couples as they are forced to come to terms with their respective choices and reconciliation.

Penance is an unusually memorable and thought-provoking novel set – against the backdrop of today’s conflicting demands in mainstream Christian societies in search of meaning of life.

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About the Author

Ben Antao was born in Goa, India, and has been a journalist, teacher, writer and a certified financial planner now living in Toronto, Canada.

He graduated from the University of Bombay (M.A. in English) and worked as a reporter for The Navhind Times, Panjim, Goa (1963-64) and later joined The Indian Express (1965-66) in Bombay as a reporter. In 1966, he was awarded a journalism fellowship by the World Press Institute based at the Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., for a year’s study and travel in the United States.

He has published novels, memoirs, travelogues as well as several short stories.


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