The first author to present her book for the Local Author Series 2017 is Mallory M. O'Connor. She will discuss American River: Tributaries, which follows the entwined lives of three immigrant families as they settle along the river in Northern California during the turbulent 1960s. In the mid-1800s, these three immigrant families- Irish, Mexican, Japanese- settled along the backs of the American River. A century later, only one family remains. From the concert halls of Europe to Kyoto's ancient avenues, and Manhattan's artists' lofts to San Francisco's North Beach, the members of a new generation make their way through the decade of the sixties. But when unexpected tragedy brings the three families together, they find that they are torn apart again by conflicting opinions, dangerous secrets, engrained prejudices, and lofty ambitions. Set against the natural beauty of Northern California, O'Connor weaves a complex tapestry of interrelationships and betrayals that captures the mood and resonance of a decade that began in innocence and ended in dismay.
Mallory is also the author of two non-fiction books, and she has degrees in art, art history, and American history and has taught art history at the University of Florida and at Santa Fe College. She is a member of the Writers Allaince of Gainesville. She grew up in Northern California near the American River.
We will be at Headquarters Library in Meeting Room A on Saturday, September 16 at 2:30 pm.