Water Looms Large in New Historical Novel

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Everyday, millions of people walk or ride over history. How many know the story of the vanished landscape beneath them?

Here is Los Angeles before the American conquest, a portrait of the land and the people painted in brilliant colors.

As our climate changes, water—either as floods or droughts—creates massive problems. Author Barbara Crane’s newest novel, "When Water Was Everywhere" shows how one urban landscape was transformed over little more than a century. It invites readers to examine – and question -- the changes in their own region’s landscape.

Set in what is now Long Beach, California and in the pueblo of Los Angeles, Crane’s novel provides a vivid picture of the people who once lived here, their sorrows and their triumphs. American immigrants, Mexican Californios, Tongva/Gabrieleno Indians and Spanish padres come to life in her imaginative re-telling of California’s Mexican era. As the novel unfolds, its themes of loss, hope and redemption resonate from every page.

"When Water Was Everywhere" is particularly timely as Southern California’s drought approaches its fifth year. Readers will visit life in Los Angeles before concrete and rebar covered the land. They will understand the role of the Los Angeles River in the growth of a metropolis and experience the tumultuous years prior to California’s statehood.

"When Water Was Everywhere" is available in paperback and as an e-book on Amazon.com and

Barbara Crane is a novelist, journalist and teacher. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Long Beach Business Journal, Sun magazine and other publications. Her first novel, The Oldest Things in the World, won the Silver Medal award from ForeWord magazine. Barbara lives in Long Beach, California with her husband and family.

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