Land of Milk and Money: A Novel

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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What People Are Saying

John Lescroart
"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
John Lescroart
“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.”
Gerald Haslam
“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.”
Max Norris
“Exceptional descriptive writing. Laugh out loud funny.”
Julian Silva
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933227405
  • Publisher: Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Portuguese in the Americas Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,287,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Author’s Note
Preface
June 1983: The Gambit
February 1982: Orphaned
March 1940: Dear Dairy
June 1983: The “Expert” Witness
August 1980: Odile Has Good News
June 1982: Henry Confronts Elvino
May 1947: Boys Meet Girls
September 1958: Monsignor’s School• June 1983: Otelo on the Stand • March 1982: Paulinho Sees the Will • July 1982: Louis Gets a Letter
July 1982: The Legal Eagles
February 1954: Catarina Is Born
December 1959: Want to Be a Priest?
April 1960: A Son Back Home
November 1971: Gerry Meets the Family
July 1975: Candido Sells Culls
June 1983: The “Expert” Testifies
June 1981: Catarina’s Wedding
April 1958: Paul Reads Fourth Grade
May 1973: Linda and Candido
June 1943: Chico Is a Citizen
June 1963: The Wrong Grandmother
October 1968: We Have Lift-off
June 1983: Jackpot Day
June 1982: The Salazars Get Mail
December 1949: Paulinho’s House
November 1975: Junior Needs a Raise
November 1966: Paulinho Takes Electronics
May 1960: Junior Tells on Jojo
September 1969: Paul Gets a Calculus Book
December 1977: Chico’s Final Vision
June 1983: Expert Testimony
December 1971: Henry Sees the Future
March 1972: A Parting of the Ways
August 1973: Ferdie Buys a Round
October 1983: Candido and the Accountant
August 1982: Odile Gets a Bill
July 1979: Teresa Gives Free Advice
September 1974: Candido Visits an Address
September 1983: Junior at the State Line
March 1968: Jojo Drives Two Tractors
June 1983: Beatrice vs. Javier
June 1983: Beatrice Faces Life
August 1982: Received by the Receiver
April 1972: Paul and Gio Have a Chat
August 1982: Henry and Dinis Have a Chat
August 1973: Jojo Finds a Keeper
November 1973: A Strange Duet
June 1976: Third Time Is Not the Charm
May 1969: Jojo Has a Wreck
May 1948: The Soareses Visit the Franciscos
June 1983: Paul Gets Summoned
October 1959: The Anointing of the Sick
December 1982: The Lasagna of Death
June 1971: Henry Is a Pall Bearer
March 1990: Trey Makes a Mistake
October 1969: Carmina Wants One More
April 1967: Paulinho Fixes a TV
September 1976: Candido Sees a Sign
January 1978: Candido and Odile’s Anniversary
June 1983: Paul Takes the Stand
August 1982: Green Cotton
October 1974: The Portuguese Custodian
October 1976: The Democratic Process
June 1997: Trey’s Wedding
December 1979: Teresa’s Cows
August 1982: Great-Etcetera-Granddaughters
June 1983: The Verdict
June 1983: Who Holds the Proxy?
July 1983: Candido Meets His Match
May 1972: The Grand March
November 1982: The Auction Block
November 1983: The Divorce Trial
January 1983: Good News for Paulinho
May 1993: Louis Gets a Greeting
January 2000: A Successful Divorce
January 2006: Legacy
Acknowledgments
Glossary of Portuguese Words and Phrases
Cast of Characters
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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    I gave this book one star simply because I've been a friend of t

    I gave this book one star simply because I've been a friend of the author for many years, and I applaud his efforts. I gave the book four more stars because the author's efforts turned out really well. Land of Milk and Money is very readable, with a high quotient of enjoyment. I was pulled into the book by the storyline, which kept me interested and wanting to read more. The broad range of characters hold true to their demeanors throughout the story. The warmth that comes from the story and the characters make the book very satisfying in a deeper sense. The details relating to farming and the Catholic church are evidently quite accurate. Most important for me, the book has a precision to it that shows care and expertise in its writing.

    "Precision" in the literary sense is a trait that means a lot to me. A writer can show precision in the same way that a landscape architect or music composer should, or any creative profession that puts together lots of tiny pieces to form a coherent, meaningful whole.

    Best of all, my friendship with the author turned this book into a wonderful travelogue through the landscapes of his life and mind. What a rare treasure that is, especially when the story is so well-crafted and a pleasure to read. Good job, Tony.

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