In This Land of Plenty

Mary Smathers (Author)


A Family Saga through California's Rich History...

When twenty-something Nicole Sinclair stumbles on DNA reports that document an ancestry far different from her father's narrative of a white, northern European background, she enlists the help of her great grandmother to investigate their roots. As she and Great Gram ignore her father's protests and search for documents in the attic of a historic San Francisco Victorian, the family's actual history unfolds.

Their true Californio ancestors include a Spanish soldier in the Portola expedition to explore Alta California, a captured Ohlone native and a girl whose family walks with the De Anza settlers eighteen hundred miles from Sinaloa to the San Francisco Bay. Nicole slowly unravels the mysteries of her 250-year family tree, from California's native inhabitants and its earliest European colonizers through the generations to the Gold Rush.

How does her origin story unfold after the arrival of those Spanish explorers? Can she and Great Gram find evidence of their true family tree and use it to protect the old house from being sold off? Can Nicole find common ground and reconcile with her father in the process? In This Land of Plenty's family saga introduces the diverse cast of characters and complex social issues that populate California's rich history while drawing a direct line to today's residents.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
MKS Publishing
Publish Date
July 10, 2020
5.51 X 1.01 X 8.5 inches | 1.26 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Smathers grew up in Los Altos, California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Latin American Studies. She earned a Master's degree in Education and another MA in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. From 1983 to 2013, she worked in public schools throughout California as a high school teacher, administrator, grant writer and educational entrepreneur, helping to found three education companies and a public charter school. Since that time, she has focused on writing, reporting for a bilingual, regional Costa Rican newspaper and publishing her first work of fiction, Fertile Soil: Stories of the California Dream, in 2016. Her debut novel, In This Land of Plenty, a family saga based on California history, was published in summer, 2020. She divides her time between California's Central Coast and the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica where she is at work chronicling the stories of subsequent generations in the Brennan/Castro family tree of In This Land of Plenty.