River of Angels by Alejandro Morales
The West was a place where dreams could come true, and in this epic novel Alejandro Morales introduces two very different families and an unpredictable river to explore the allure of Southern California and the development of Los Angeles. Although the Rivers and Kellers families come from different backgrounds—ethnic, class and linguistic—their lives and fortunes become inextricably linked through their children. An illicit love affair leads to tragedy as the families are victims of racism and the pseudo-scientific philosophy of eugenics, or selective breeding, proposed by those fearful of Los Angeles’ diverse population in the 1920s. River of Angels is a richly detailed look at the people who lived on both sides of the river that separated the haves from the have-nots, from the mystical and forgotten Native Americans and their mixed-blood Latino descendants to the opportunity-seeking Yankees and the African, Mexican and Asian migrants. Acclaimed novelist Alejandro Morales excavates the layered history of Los Angeles in this stirring epic of love, loss and redemption.