Synopses & Reviews
From one of Californias most celebrated writers comes a generous and deeply absorbing novel, as filled with warmth and the hope of second chances as the land it describes.
Returning from New York to the vineyards of Northern California to be with her dying mother, Anna Torelli never expects that the trip will change her life. But when she meets Arthur Atwater, he fathers vineyard managera man as emotionally bruised and as fiercely independent as she isAnna is pulled back into the rhythms of the growing season, into the radiant landscape of her childhood, and into a love affair that rouses her as nothing has before. Carson Valley is also home to Annas aging father, Victor, the son of Italian immigrants who first planted the vineyard in the 1890s, and his foreman, Antonio Lopez, a Mexican immigrant whose marital troubles deepen when his cousin Omar Perez crosses the border illegally to work the vineyard harvest.
Carson Valley is a masterful work of social realismas insightful about modern love as it is about rural life in the grip of change.
About the Author
is the author of numerous books, among them Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California
, and The Sporting Life
. He has written extensively for The New Yorker
, as well as Playboy
and Sports Illustrated
. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow in fiction.