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Author Mallory M. O’Connor Wins First Prize for American River: Tributaries, Book One of Her Historical Fiction Trilogy
Mallory M. O’Connor tackles social justice issues of 1960s in debut American history novel
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. April 27, 2018 – Gainesville author, Mallory M. O’Connor, has won first prize in the fiction category from Northern California Publishers and Authors for her debut novel, American River: Tributaries, Book One of the American River Trilogy. NCPA is a group of authors, publishers, and industry professionals in Northern California who provide advice, opportunities and encouragement to members through workshops, seminars, presentations and on-line materials.
O’Connor’s historical fiction trilogy follows the interwoven stories of the descendants of three immigrant families as they struggle to build their legacies in California during the turbulent 1960s. In American River: Tributaries, O’Connor unwinds a compelling yarn about the pursuit of art, music, culture and love, and captures the essence of the 20th century American dream.
Through its address of era-specific issues, such as gay rights, women’s rights and immigration, O’Connor’s American River series takes readers on a journey through one of the country’s more notable decades for social justice and creative growth.
“The experiences of the 60s that I wrote about in this trilogy are things I observed first-hand – the Civil Rights Movements, the Women’s liberation Movement, the United Farm Workers Movement,” O’Connor said. “I watched John Kennedy’s funeral on TV, worked in the Bobby Kennedy presidential campaign and protested the Vietnam War. Interesting times – and all are referenced in American River.”
American River: Tributaries is filled with passionate and resolute characters who refuse to let go of their unique visions of success—even as life’s tumultuous currents threaten to sweep them all away.
American River: Tributaries By Mallory M. O’Connor ISBN: 978-1-4808-4867-2 (paperback); 978-1-4808-4868-9 (electronic) Available at the Archway Publishing Online Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, and Amazon.
“The story begins with an extensive ancestral introduction to the McPhalan, Morales, and Ashida families, whose successes and misfortunes set the stage for future deep-seated resentments. Then the narrative jumps ahead to 1959, and O’Connor proceeds to spin a dizzying web of interrelationships and betrayals among all three clans… The novel is engaging throughout, providing some interesting details of California history. – Kirkus Review, August 2017
This compelling novel explores the forces binding and tearing apart three volatile, strong-headed families with roots in the farmland of California Gold Rush country. The lives of the McPhalans, the Ashidas and the Morales are on a collision course with history. Some leave to pursue artistic ambitions, others stay to work the land, and changing attitudes about race, sex and politics throw once-stable relationships into chaos as the 1950s transition into the 1960s. This book is the first in a series of three. I’m looking forward to the next one!
—David Palmer, Artist, Los Angeles, March 2018
American River is a binge-worthy feast for all the literary senses. Changing notions of race, class, culture and sexuality play out in the lives of the characters in brisk, episodic chapters marked by lively, spot-on dialogue. All this is libretto to the music of O’Connor’s words, bewitching and luxuriant – Kodak Photo Spot prose that makes you pull over for a longer look. Her California – the Sacramento Valley, American River, San Francisco – becomes another character no less palpable than the people in thrall to its beauty
—Greg Dawson, author of “Busted in Bloomington”
About the author
Mallory M. O’Connor is a writer, art historian and professor of art history emerita for Santa Fe College. O’Connor holds master’s degrees in both American history and art history from Ohio University. O’Connor grew up on a walnut ranch in Carmichael, California and has continued to maintain connections in the area through classmates from La Sierra High School and UC Davis. A life-long social justice advocate, her high school artwork often depicted migrant workers and the homeless, and she was part of the Women’s Strike for Peace during the 1960s. She currently resides in Gainesville, Fla. To learn more, please visit www.mallorymoconnor.com.
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