For over 100 years, the Mockett family has owned a 7,000-acre wheat farm in the panhandle of Nebraska. Raised in bohemian Carmel, California, by her father and her Japanese mother, Marie Mutsuki Mockett knew little about farming when she inherited this land—but she decided to try. In this myth-busting memoir, Mockett accompanies evangelical Christian wheat harvesters through the heartland, getting a glimpse of both sides of America's ideological divide. As Mockett joins the crew in the fields, attends church, and struggles to adapt to rural life, she considers what it means to be a person who is somehow "not white," but who people she encounters can't quite categorize.
"Mockett, writing with a gentle self-consciousness, offers a compassionate portrait of conservative evangelicals, along with lucid musings on agricultural science, Native American history, and the quiet majesty of the Great Plains."—New Yorker