Frank Bergon is a novelist, critic, and essayist whose writings focus primarily on the history and environment of the American West. His Nevada trilogy consists of three novels spanning a century from the Shoshone massacre of 1911 to the current battle over nuclear waste in the Nevada desert.
His new California trilogy, beginning with the novel, Jesse’s Ghost, will focus on the Central Valley of California.
Jesse's Ghost is a powerful novel about a man haunted by the crime he committed decades ago and the realization that the ghosts of his past will always haunt him. These are the sons and daughters of the people portrayed in Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath—Dust Bowl descendants who came of age when toughness, hard work, and loyalty defined what it meant to be a man in America.
Frank Bergon grew up on a ranch in Madera County in California’s San Joaquin Valley. After attending elementary school at St. Joachim School in Madera and high school at Bellarmine in San Jose, he received a B.A. in English at Boston College, attended Stanford University as a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and completed a Ph.D. in English and American literature at Harvard University. He is the author of the novels Wild Game, The Temptations of St. Ed & Brother S, and Shoshone Mike. He has taught at the University of Washington and for many years at Vassar College. He spends his summers in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
"Frank Bergon tells a primal story of friendship, and of the vertiginous passage between youth and maturity: a shifting fugue of attractions and rivalries that determines his characters and also persists over time. Tersely written and elegiacally told, Jesse's Ghost unlocks a past that is both dream and nightmare, revisiting a summer's awakening that concludes with the darkest impulses of the soul."