Mendocino Village, California, 1959 -- On the rocky northern coast of California, the restlessness of change is stealing in from San Francisco with the fog that clings to the coast. Rebelling against bourgeouis complacency and conformity, protesting the chilling threat of war and nuclear annihilation, the outlaw poets who flooded North Beach cafes sparked new ideas in a generation of young people who would overturn society in the decade to follow. In Mendocino, a troubled young woman, her free-spirited mother, a Catholic priest with a secret, an enigmatic stranger, and a missing brother fleeing for his life all face each other and themselves on the cusp of the new decade as old prejudices fall and a new sense of forgiveness rises.
I've been writing this novel for six years - there are at least three complete versions of it now, and I'm not sure which one I like best! When I visit Mendocino (about three hours north of San Francisco), I drift into a world of sea and fog and quiet contemplation that makes me want to write until my heart breaks - and that's where this novel comes from.