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The Dreamt Land

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The Dreamt Land by Mark Arax
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May 21, 2019 | 576 Pages
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The Dreamt Land is the book Mark Arax was born to write. Nuanced, deeply researched, and profoundly personal, it offers, through its history of agriculture in California, a deep dive into the soul of the state. Arax knows the territory; he has written about rural California for many years. This is his crowning achievement, a work of reportage that is also a work of literature. It belongs on the short list of great books about the state.”—David L. Ulin, author of Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, and editor of the Library of America’s Collected Didion
 
“Anyone can write about water in California, but no one can do it like Mark Arax. He comes at the story from the inside: bypassing the simple tropes and instead heading down back roads in search of complexity, contradiction, and outright scandal. The result is a stunningly energetic epic of vision and folly, ambition and greed.”—Lisa M. Hamilton, author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness
 
“This is a stunning book. Biblical drama played against the harsh sun and earth of California’s Central Valley. Exodus, diaspora, parting the waters, sowing and reaping, Godlike dominion: it’s all in here.  The Dreamt Land calls up Steinbeck and Didion, but it rests squarely on its own words, memories, and stories beyond mere comparison.”—William Francis Deverell, Director of Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

“A sweeping, engrossing history of his native California focused on the state’s use, overuse, and shocking mismanagement of water….Arax reveals the consequences to land and wildlife of generations of landowners who have defiantly dug, dammed, and diverted California’s waters.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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