From the Ashes of Fruit Trees Grew Today's Silicon Valley
Thousands of cookie-cutter homes for the high-tech workers sprouted from the funeral pyres of a vanishing way of life as acres of lush fruit trees were bulldozed and burned to create today’s Silicon Valley. One of the children who grew up in this new suburbia in San Jose, California, was Tom Liggett, a neglected, unwanted child of dysfunctional (that’s being kind) parents, who befriended the witch who lived in the Spanish cottage on the hill.
Their unlikely friendship and Tom’s adventures are told in this touching and unforgettable memoir. It’s a tale of lost dreams, boyhood innocence, and two remarkable characters in midcentury California history.
A stunning story-within-a-story recounts the life and times of Faye Wolfe, the last first-person account of a survivor of the Galveston hurricane in 1900, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, and her connection to the Spanish-style architecture of the region and the sordid history of Silicon Valley—long before it was ever Silicon Valley—as told to an eleven-year-old boy in this, his coming-of-age memoir.