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About Kenneth J. Nugent
With a passion for California and The West, Nugent served on boards of the Sonoma County Historical Society and the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library. He has written a history of his church, whose original turn-of-the-century stained-glass windows were found in an abandoned ranch henhouse. His anti-war drama, "The Finger," won the Dominican University Marin Fringe Festival "First Place Best Play" honor.
Tom Hanks portrayal of Nugent's deceased college roommate--and muse--Pulitzer Prize winner, Mike McAlary, in Nora Ephron's Broadway smash, "Lucky Guy," inspired Nugent to complete his debut novel.
He is now writing about a New York company of California gold seekers.
This saga takes us from Frontera del Norte valleys of Alta California to modern-day San Francisco. Mexican frontier commander, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, offers a sham land grant of a modest-sized rancho. His intent is to save the neck of his mayordomo-henchman; instead, he ignites a wildfire of duplicity. The tainted bribe becomes the focal point for generations of conflicts. Fates of Indians, Californios, Kanakas, and Americans entwine in ways mysterious and shocking. Their legacies course through years of wars, bigotries, and betrayals until they collide in the Presidio Cemetery, near the Golden Gate Bridge. A jaundiced New York reporter—while resisting the pull of his own destiny—happens there that night. He uncovers sins and secrets that had been buried in the past.
Readers interested in forgotten yesteryears, what might have been, and what still might be, will find this haunting blend of well-researched history, fiction, and magical realism deeply moving.