Land of Milk and Money tells the story of the Francisco family, Portuguese immigrants who build a prosperous California dairy farm. With their growing success, plans to return to the Old Country fall by the wayside, and the legacy of the older generation becomes a source of contention among descendants competing to inherit herds of cattle and tracts of farmland. As matriarch, Teresa had devoted her life to keeping the peace in her big family. But when she dies long-simmering resentments and feuds burst into the open—and into the courtroom. Teresa, however, had seen it all coming, and her will contains a few surprises.
ANTHONY BARCELLOS grew up speaking Portuguese on his grandfather's dairy farm in Porterville, California. He has since learned English. He lives in Davis, California, and teaches math at American River College in Sacramento.
"One of the West's singular migrations—from the Azores to California's Great Central Valley—is given faces and voices in Land of Milk and Money. A must read."—Gerald Haslam, author of The Great Central Valley
"Exceptional descriptive writing. Laugh out loud funny."—Max Norris, former Sacramento Bee book review editor
"Brilliantly orchestrated, hilariously funny, and at the same time touching. . . . The characters are a lively and varied bunch and Mr. Barcellos delineates them with considerable verve, humor, and intelligence. You will enjoy getting to know them."—Julian Silva, author of Move Over, Scopes and Other Writings
"In Land of Milk and Money, Barcellos mines rich family history with the Portuguese immigrant experience in California's Central Valley to create a full-blooded tale that readers will find insightful, rewarding, and entertaining."—John Lescroart, author of The Hunter