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LAND OF THE AFTERNOON SUN
Barbara Wood's latest novel follows a disinherited English baron and a young New York heiress who marry and move West, to build an agricultural empire in Palm Springs in the 1920s when it was just a budding town on the edge of the Mojave Desert.
It's a saga about ambition on both large and small scales and the rapidly modernizing world as the harsh, sun-drenched landscape transforms from a Native American haven to the playground of Hollywood's rich and famous.
Land of the Afternoon Sun is also the story of a woman finding her own personality and strength in the West against a breathtaking desert landscape that changes constantly and shows its deadly side in poisonous snakes, flash floods and sand storms, with dramatic moments of forbidden romance, reversals, treachery, betrayal and, ultimately, triumphs.
Turner Publishing, July 2016, 500 pages
Electronic manuscript available
German rights sold to Fischer/Krueger;
French rights sold to Presses de la Cité;
Spanish rights sold to Random House | Mondadori;
Italian rights sold to Fanucci Editore;
Czech rights sold to Euromedia.
Barbara Wood was born in Warrington, England (near Liverpool), and immigrated to the United States. She grew up in Southern California and sold her first novel in 1976. To date, she has written 25 books, including 3 under a pseudonym. Her books are translated into over 30 languages.
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