Pacific Street

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Houghton Mifflin, 1992 - Fiction - 260 pages
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A wonderful cast of real and imaginary characters populates this action-filled novel of Gold Rush San Francisco--a cinematically paced tale of violence, corruption, frontier justice, and racial inequality that takes us into ramshackle, half-built early days of the young city. An immensely entertaining and powerfully plotted work from the author of The Bear Flag.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Holland (The Bear Flag, 1990, etc.) returns to pioneer California for her 20th fictional mix of history, blistering action, and romance—set this time in San Francisco, aborning in grit, violence, and ... Read full review


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Born in Henderson, Nevada, Cecelia Holland was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Connecticut College, where she received her B.A. degree. She has served as a visiting professor of English at Connecticut College since 1979. Holland's historical novels have received broad critical acclaim. According to one critic, she "proves that there can be more to historical thrillers than swordplay and seduction." (Time) Among her novels is City of God (1979), which is set in Rome during the period of the Borgia family. Told from the point of view of Nicolas, a secretary to the Florentine ambassador to Rome, this novel brings to life the period of the Renaissance, including the political intrigue that characterized Rome at the time. Other works include Until the Sun Falls (1969), a story of the ancient Mongols and their empire, The Firedrake (1966), her first published novel, Great Maria (1974), The Bear Flag (1990), and Pacific Street (1991). Holland is very adept at capturing the period she writes about, including the clothing, furnishings, and customs of the time. One critic has noted that Holland "is never guilty of the fatuity which plagues most historical fiction: she never nudges the reader into agreeing that folks way back then were really just like you and me, only they bathed less often.

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