|The Second World
War, Ethiopian riches, and desertion start Expatriate off with a
bang, and this is just the beginning. Part 1 sets the stage for
a betrayal that will shake the foundations of one of the most
powerful "families" in Brazil. Part 2 deals with the results of
that betrayal, the impact that it has on the lives of those we
become to know so well. Guilherme and Francisco, deserters from
Mussolini's Army, who have taken on new identities as friends
from Portugal; David, an expatriate from the United States who
falls in love with the beautiful Regina; Eduardo, Guilherme's
son-in-law, jealous of David's relationship with his
father-in-law and his father-in-law's faith and trust in David's
abilities and sense of integrity.
Doug Robinson's characters come alive, their struggle becomes
yours. Expatriate has it all ... you will not want to miss this
"Papa, don't you think he has the prettiest blue eyes?" Regina
"I can't say that I noticed but he did seem to be nice. I
understand your explanation about his use of "ciao". It did not
offend me but your Mother was shocked. I think it's nice that
you young people are able to forget the war and move on. I have
always thought ciao was such a useful and pretty word."
"Have you used it?" Regina was incredulous.
"Years ago I heard it in Lisboa, that's all," he lied.
"Papa, may I continue to see Dávilo in the evenings or in the
Ténis Clube during the day as long as Rosa and Eduardo are my
chaperons? Please. Please. Please."
"Regina, this is not a game. Dávilo is a man of the world. He
could easily take advantage of you. I remember Guilherme ...
Senhor Fourier ... years ago and I wonder that any woman, except
your Mother, could resist his charms. You must be careful. He is
only in Brazil for a few months and then he will be gone. What
will you do then?"
"Papa, we don't do anything bad. You and Mama have taught me to
save myself for marriage and I will. But Dávilo is special. I
want to get to know him better. Besides, you know Frederico and
Carlos will inherit the coffee farm and I need to examine all my
Francisco knew she was right but he wouldn't admit it. "Well, I
will talk to your Mother. We'll see. We will talk again
Read: Terrific article on Doug and Expatriate by
Perry Flippin, "San Angelo Standard Times."
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