Gerald Haslam

Gerald Haslam, author
The Great Central Valley

"One of the West's singular migrations--from the Azores to California's Great Central Valley--is given faces and voices in Anthony Barcellos's new novel, Land of Milk and Money. Along with its triumphs, the Francisco family embodies the challenges to an immigrant family in a new land, including the often ignored difficulties posed by success and the loss of the old culture. A must read..."

John Lescroart

John Lescroart, author
The Hunter

"In Land of Milk and Money, Anthony Barcellos mines rich family history to create a full-blooded tale that readers will find insightful, rewarding, and entertaining."

John Lescroart

Reinaldo Silva, Professor of Language and Culture
University of Aveiro, Portugal

"It is a splendid piece of fiction, a wonderful story, and an invaluable fictional representation of the Portuguese contribution to California’s dairy industry. In my view, it is the best fictional work to date on this theme, the process of acculturation, assimilation, the erosion of Portuguese 'ethnic signs.' I enjoyed reading your first novel very, very much!" [Read Professor Silva's paper in PDF format.]

Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley, author
Evil Genes

"What a great, sweeping narrative, almost Micheneresque in its beautiful, multigenerational approach!"

David Mas Masumoto

David "Mas" Masumoto, author
The Wisdom of the Last Farmer

"Enjoyed your story and my mom loved the stories too!"

Vamberto Freitas

Vamberto Freitas, literary critic
University of the Azores

"The first great Portuguese-American novel to fully bring to life a whole way of life and history in California. Steinbeck, believe me, would be jealous." [Read a feature-length review.]

George Monteiro

George Monteiro
Brown University

"I like Land of Milk and Money. Good, honest, straight-forward writing, very much in the grain of American literary realism."

Luis Gonçalves

Luis Gonçalves
Princeton University

"Your book is an instant classic of Portuguese-American literature and people have been waiting for something like this for a long time."

Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox

Anthony Padilla & Ian Hecox, YouTube celebrities

"The best book ever! It's a book full of all of our favorite things!"

Trina Drotar

Trina Drotar
Sacramento Press

"Land of Milk and Money is at once interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking. The number of characters sometimes reminds us of the quantity found in Russian novels, but we never get lost. We come to know each character and his or her positive and negative aspects through the stories of attending school, dating, marriage and work… [T]he story is sure to please anyone with an interest in history, Portuguese-Americans, dairy farms, intergenerational struggles within immigrant families or California history."

Julian Silva

Julian Silva, author
Move Over, Scopes and Other Writings

  • "excellent book"
  • "[One chapter comprises] the brilliantly orchestrated, hilariously funny, and at the same time touching, wedding of the hapless Catarina Salazar to the reluctant and very drunk Kevin Lineman."
  • "[The characters] are a lively and varied bunch and Mr. Barcellos delineates them with considerable verve, humor, and intelligence. You will enjoy getting to know them." [Read a feature-length review.]
Michael Colson

Michael Colson
Portuguese American Journal

"Land of Milk and Money is one of the best pep talks I’ve ever heard."

Karen Davis

Karen Davis reviewer

"The story hooked me, the characters are vivid and convincing, and the narrative structure pulled me right in… The huge family, bound together by the dairy farm, unravels in an inevitable and real way after the death of the matriarch… This book is a joy to read."

João Paulo Firmino

João Paulo Firmino
Valencia, Spain

"The book is absolutely brilliant. The court scenes are hilarious. I read it in four days and I just couldn't stop. It's funny, it's got rhythm, great characters, a beautiful story, and a perfect ending."

Max Norris

Max Norris
Former Sacramento Bee book review editor

  • "exceptional descriptive writing"
  • "laugh out loud funny"
Barbara Dowell

Barbara Nielsen Dowell
Journalism instructor (retired)

"I thought it was treacherously fun family gossip in the tradition of Saroyan. The ending was as good an ending as I've ever read."

Marie B. Smith

Marie B. Smith
President Emeritus, American River College, Sacramento

"I really loved that book."

David Viar

David Viar
President Emeritus, American River College, Sacramento

"I got goosebumps, a tug in my heart, and chuckled out loud with the close of Land of Milk and Money."

Hannah Stein

Hannah Stein
Poet, Earthlight

  • "Quite dramatic!"
  • "Great, very funny!"
  • "Nice ending!"
Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen, author

"Land of Milk and Money seems like a worthy and entertaining project."

Walt Wiley

Walt Wiley
Former Sacramento Bee columnist

"An immigrant family becomes mainstream Americans, raising clouds of laughter -- and a few tears -- along the way."

Ted Fourkas

Ted Fourkas
Former medical journalist

"I was hooked. I liked the book very much, and even learned something about dairies, Catholics, and the Portuguese."

Jules Feiffer

Jules Feiffer, cartoonist and author
Backing Into Forward: A Memoir

"Good luck on your book."

Al Lewis

Al Lewis, Dow Jones columnist
Tell It to Al

"Nice writing."

Richard J. Larschan

Richard J. Larschan
Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

"The courtroom scenes are especially well managed."

Gene Weisskopf

Gene Weisskopf

"Mr. Barcellos writes as if he mapped out the paragraphs on a huge chart on the wall, carefully revising, moving, and adjusting the words until they were just right."

Brian Gonzalez-Jones

Brian Gonzales-Jones
Alameda, California

"I finished the book, totally loved it. I read it in about two days and it truly made the BART rides home from work enjoyable."

Frank Sousa

Frank Sousa
Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Saab-Pedroso Center
University of Massachusetts Lowell

"Land of Milk and Money is first-rate, wonderfully comical fiction."

Robert Barboza

Robert Barboza

"A sparkling first novel about the cultural significance of growing up Portuguese."

Mary Chancellor

Mary Chancellor
The author's sister

"I'm afraid you're going to get into a lot of trouble."