An opium-addicted fiddler finds that love is the mother lode in the California Gold Rush. *Charles Courtley III is the fiddler who loves his opium and his dandy fashion. Banished from his Boston family for his opium-addled behavior, he is not prepared for the rigors of digging for gold and surviving. *James D. Savage is the richest man in California. A mountain man and trader, married into many tribes, Savage is the personification of California's moniker "The Golden State" and is bound to war with his Indian relatives. *Tenaya is the legendary chief of the Yosemite Indians and the Moses of The Sierra Nevada. In the paradise of Yosemite Valley, he welcomes the outcasts and unruly from all tribes. He speaks for the land itself. He and Savage are to fight the last battle of the Mariposa Indian War. *Louisa May Astor runs from Boston and is of the blue blood. Married to a rich callous man, he has sent Carter to bring her back. She is in love with Savage, the fiddler loves her, but Savage loves his native wife, Deer. *Spittin' Tom is a Texas Ranger who sees a Frenchwoman swimming in a stream as God made her — the theatrical beard on a rock disguises her as a man. Now in love, Tom searches for her at her claim but she and her partner have left. Carole, The Queen of Hearts, now deals Monte at The Quartz Saloon with Cherokee Bob. *Bess is the daughter of the great Seminole battle chief, Osceola. She works at The Quartz Saloon as a prostitute. Her astonishing dark allure draws men to their demise. *Patrick O'Leary rescues the fiddler from being shanghaied. Sent to New South Wales for stealing bread in Dublin, Patrick finds Demaysu-Hummingbird, the daughter of the chief of the Chukchansi and together they have a son, Chuk with golden eyes. No longer homesick and a Chukchansi warrior, the Potato Famine and Sydney Town in San Francisco are behind him. The California Gold Rush draws the Texas Rangers with their slaves. From the streets of Paris, in the last throws of the French Revolution, come women dressed as men. The lonely and banished from all parts of America and the world come to strike it rich. Written on the bones of history, "Yosemite and the Opium Journal" chronicles the loss of paradise for the natives of the transcendental Sierra Nevada.
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Larry Stewart Cooperman is a published composer of classical guitar music and found that instrumental music lacked the "poetic concrete" necessary for his present self-expression. His first novel, "The Grapes of Wrath in a Hot Tub", yet to be published, is contemporary social commentary of a fictional California town in the Central Valley called Reaganville. Certainly Fresno is NOT California and this novel is a "coming of age" story of an adult figuring out where he lives and coming to a realization that the Baby Boomers have very specific problems in relationships. "Berkeley Indians" is also a California story set in the future but is a satire on the contemporary United States and the ideological rifts that makes he US an oxymoron. "Death By Dating is a Sumerian/Contemporary detective novel of literary import. All are due for publication Spring 2016. "Yosemite and the Opium Journal" is perhaps the only chronicle that flushes out the historical figure, James D. Savage, a mountain man and trader in the southern lode of the California Gold Rush. Mr. Cooperman's transcendentalism evolved in the Sierra Nevada Mountains around where Savage's exploits took place and where the legendary chief of the Yosemite Indians, Tenaya sheltered the outcasts from the surrounding tribes. Mr. Cooperman spent two decades encountering these two names and he collected the stories associated with these great men. Cooperman received an MFA as a composer/performer from California Institute of the Arts and was on full scholarship. He taught music at Fresno City Collere, Merced Community College and National University. He has composed many works for solo classical guitar and orchestra and many virtuosi have performed and recorded his music. Presently Cooperman is composing a musical based on his soon to be completed novel, "Death By Dating", and his focusing his musical genius on songwriting as a natural adjunct to writing fiction.
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