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American River: Tributaries by Mallory M. O’Connor

When Owen’s wife, Marian, leaves the ranch to pursue her artistic ambitions, her decision sets in motion a series of events that have far-reaching consequences.
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American River: Tributaries by Mallory O’Connor is a captivating and profoundly moving novel that spans generations and explores the intricate connections between immigrant families in Northern California.

Set in the mid-1800s and continuing into the turbulent 1960s, this book presents a compelling narrative that delves into themes of ambition, prejudice, love and the pursuit of dreams.

The story unfolds in 1959, where we find Mockingbird Valley Ranch, owned by Owen McPhalan, as the sole surviving family business.

However, when Owen’s wife, Marian, leaves the ranch to pursue her artistic ambitions, her decision sets in motion a series of events that have far-reaching consequences for the descendants of all three families.

As the descendants inherit the hopes and dreams of their immigrant parents, they navigate the challenges of the tumultuous 1960s, a time marked by ambition, prejudice, and societal upheaval.

O’Connor skillfully knits together the individual journeys of these descendants, transporting us effortlessly through time and across continents.

From the enchanting concert halls of Europe to the ancient avenues of Kyoto, and from the bohemian artist’s lofts of Manhattan to the vibrant streets of San Francisco’s North Beach, we are immersed in a world where dreams and reality collide.

The author’s prose is rich and evocative.

O’Connor’s attention to historical detail is worthy of praise, and her descriptions of the various settings breathe life into the story. The cultural heritage and traditions of each family are beautifully portrayed, lending authenticity and depth to the narrative.

American River: Tributaries is an engrossing and emotionally charged novel that will captivate readers from the first page to the last. Mallory M. O’Connor’s masterful storytelling, coupled with her meticulous research, creates a rich tapestry of lives and dreams in a changing America.

This book is a testament to the enduring spirit of the immigrant experience and a poignant reminder of the ties that bind us all.

The book series American River consists of three captivating installments: American River: Tributaries, American River: Currents, and American River: Confluence. Each book in the trilogy builds upon the previous one, creating a compelling narrative that explores the intricate connections and events unfolding along the American River.

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