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About the Author: Lawrence Coates


I've been teaching Creative Writing for nearly twenty years, and I've been writing for as long as I can remember.

I write fiction set in Northern California, where I grew up. I want to write stories that have deep roots, that always see the present as connected to the past, and that are concerned with the fate of place as well as with the fate of people.

I've been teaching Creative Writing in Ohio for some time now, but I'm still writing about the part of California that feels like home to me: the East Bay, the Silicon Valley, the Monterey Bay Area.

My fourth novel, The Goodbye House, was published in the fall of 2015. I also had a novella coming out in 2015 entitled Camp Olvido.

My first novel, The Blossom Festival, won the Western States Book Award in fiction and was chosen for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. My second novel, The Master of Monterey, was published in 2003, and my third novel, The Garden of the World, was published in 2012.

You can find more information on my work at You can also find my blog on the techniques of literary fiction, The Formalist Fiction Writer, at



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Goodreads rating: 3.88

Paperback, Published in Mar 2003 by University of Nevada Press

ISBN10: 0874175291 | ISBN13: 9780874175295

Page count: 288

The American conquest of California is the subject of Lawrence Coates's remarkable new novel, a tale rich in magical irony, fraught with caustic truths and wrenching insights into the human condition. When Commodore Thomas Jones and the crew of the National Intention land in Monterey believing themselves to be bringing freedom and democracy to the benighted Californios, they discover that history has preceded them, that cruelty, betrayal, greed, and lust are already well established there, and that far from existing outside of history, California is a battleground for several contending versions of the past. They also find that their own limitations and illusions are far more powerful than the message of hope they intend to deliver. The motley crew of the National Intention includes a chronically seasick poet who pens an epic account of the conquest of California without ever setting eyes on the place or leaving his sickbed; a wondrously endowed captain irresistible to all women but seeking only the one who can help him escape the dark truth of his own separateness; and a crafty ex-slave who plans to abandon ship to create a new family to carry on the timeless history of his people

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