An Englishwoman in California
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A niece of Jane Austen and a novelist herself, Catherine Hubback was 52 when she left England to settle in Oakland, California, where her son worked as a grain merchant. Her letters to family back home - published here for the first time - convey her delight and exasperation at her new environment, and bring a novelist's eye to bear on the people of the rapidly expanding San Francisco Bay area. An introduction charts the life of this adventurous and resourceful woman.