The Garden of the World (Paperback)
University of Nevada Press, 9780874178708, 201pp.
Publication Date: February 23, 2012
California's Santa Clara Valley was once home to a vigorous wine industry. "The Garden of the World" is the tale of a pioneer winemaking family headed by Paul Tourneau, a fiercely ambitious vintner determined to make the finest wines in California. His plans are disrupted by a phylloxera epidemic at the beginning of the twentieth century, the trials of national Prohibition, and the bitter alienation of his older son. Played out against the vividly depicted seasonal rhythms of vineyard life, this is a moving saga of betrayal, loss, and the harsh consequences of unbreakable ambition.