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Sixty Acres and a Barn
A Novel
Alfred Lewis; Frank F. Sousa, ed.; Donald Warrin, pref.

Portuguese in the Americas Series

2012 • 176 pp. 6 x 9"
Fiction & Literature / Portuguse American Literature

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-39-9

A western, agrarian novel that conjures the world of the small dairy farms of California and the Portuguese immigrants who worked them

Sixty Acres and a Barn tells the captivating coming-of-age story of Luis Sarmento, an immigrant from the Azores who finds in America tolerance, prosperity, and emotional fulfillment. This fascinating slice of immigrant life in California dairy farming explores in lyrical, realistic, and insightful prose the obstacles faced by those who live in insular enclaves between cultures. Sixty Acres and a Barn will appeal to readers interested in Portuguese American literature, ethnic literature, immigrant literature, California regional literature, and dairy farms.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Lewis’ style and quality of the narrative is most refreshing. Some of his descriptive passages, in the pellucid simplicity and rich imagery, ring with the lyricism of poetry.”—New York Times Book Review

“It is hoped that Mr. Lewis will inspire other descendants of Camoens . . . to take up the pen, to explore and relate the story of the Portuguese pioneers in California.”—San Francisco Chronicle

ALFRED LEWIS (1902–1977), born on the mid-Atlantic island of Flores, immigrated to California in 1922, studied law, and eventually served as a municipal judge in the San Joaquin Valley. He is the author of Home Is an Island. FRANK F. SOUSA received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and Professor of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. DONALD WARRIN specializes in the history and literature of Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigrants in the United States at the Regional Oral History Office at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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