The Portuguese in the Americas Series aims to contribute to the growing field of Portuguese-American Studies. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.
Land of Milk and Money. A Novel
University of Massachusetts Press
Land of Milk and Money. A Novel
Anthony Barcellos

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2012 . 352 pp. 1 illus. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-40-5


A Portuguese immigrant family falls apart when the matriarch´s death leaves their dairy-farm legacy up for grabs.

Land of Milk and Money tells the story of the Francisco family, Portuguese immigrants who build a prosperous California dairy farm. With their growing success, plans to return to the Old Country fall by the wayside, and the legacy of the older generation becomes a source of contention among descendants competing to inherit herds of cattle and tracts of farmland. As matriarch, Teresa had devoted her life to keeping the peace in her big family. But when she dies long-simmering resentments and feuds burst into the open – and into the courtroom. Teresa, however, had seen it all coming,


“In Land of Milk and Money, Barcellos mines rich family history with the Portuguese immigrant experience in California’s Central Valley to create a full-blooded tale that readers will find insightful, rewarding, and entertaining.”
- John Lescroart, author of The Hunter

“One of the West’s singular migrations – from the Azores to California’s Great Central Valley – is given faces and voices in Land of Milk and Money. A must read.”
- Gerald Haslam, author of The Great Central Valley

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