Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm
A lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly engrossing memoir of one critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach is "a delightful narrative . . . with poetic flair and a sense of humor" (Library Journal). Line drawings.
The book is also the story of a third-generation Japanese-American man who could not wait to escape the farm but ended up drawn...more
Epitaph for a Peach is lovely, and, as my sister-in-law says, it is a cautionary tale about farming. The work, the he...more
Masumoto beautifully describes the...more
The book starts as he's pulling out the oldest of his peach trees and he's not sure of his future as an organic farmer. He laments over the development of new varieties of peaches that ripen ea...more
the weak of heart nor body, but his love for his chosen profession and
the valley in which he lives is also abundantly evident. Masumoto's
lyrical descriptions of farm life are at times on the level of "A Sand
County Almanac," with more prosaic accounts of the business of
agriculture throughout. Pastoral scenes of peaches ripening on the
branches are interspersed with woeful tales of falling market prices
and back-breaking physical e...more
Masumoto argues that those who can buy his Sun Crest peaches can taste what a true peach tastes...more
For those who regularly visit farmer's markets, "Epitaph" reads like an old friend, a partner in crime against the dre...more
David Masumoto seemed to be following a stream of consciousness writing style that...more
I reached the end wanting to know more. What would happen with the peaches? What was the outcome of his newly planted variety? Did owls roost above his fields? Did his daughter go...more
Finished recently, and can recommend this as a good read, especially to anyone with roots (heh) in farming. Using the seasons was a nice idea. It gave depth to the idea that the farmer is at the mercy of nature, regardless of how many herbicides and pesticides are availa...more
Like Masumoto, I'm from the Central Valley and left for college. Unlike Masumoto, I haven't lived there since, and...more
1. Farming is an art that is subject to nature and deserves more credit as a profession (much like teaching).
2. I am very eager to start my own gardening and smell fresh dirt and see the fruits of my labor....more
It was somewhat interesting to read about the history of farmland that is relatively close to where I live.