GARDENS OF PLENTY by Ron Arias (Peru)


Gardens of Plenty
by Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64)
Peace Corps Writers
March 2023
333 pages
$9.99 (Kindle), $19.99 (Hardcover), $16.99 (paperback)


Ron Arias (Peru 1963-64)

In  Gardens of Plenty, Ron Arias immerses readers in a 16th-century world that is both mysterious and magical, exploring the rich culture of “Amexica” with a tenderness that is both persuasive and captivating.

Following the publication of his previous work, The Wetback and Other Stories, which earned praise from Paul Theroux for providing a compassionate glimpse into an adjacent neighborhood, Arias continues his literary journey with this epic work of historical fiction. A seasoned writer and author with a diverse bibliography, Arias brings his narrative talent to Gardens of Plenty, providing a deeply sensitive, first-person account of one man’s early years in the New World.

Drawing on his nomination for a National Book Award with The Road To Tamazunchalc, and his skill in crafting truc survival sagas like Five Against The Sea, Arias again showcases a versatile and nuanced approach to storytelling.

From collaborations with renowned figures such as Dr. Mehmet Oz in Healing from the Heart to his exploration of youth advocacy with Paul D. White in White’s Rules: Saving Our Youth, One Kid At A Time, Arias consistently demonstrates his ability to traverse different genres and themes. Gardens of Plenty stands as another testament to Arias’ literary dexterity.

As readers embark on this literary journey, they can anticipate a tale that not only entertains, but also provides insights into the complexities of actual and imagined lives lived centuries ago.


An amateur potter, Ron Arias currently lives with his partner Karen de la Pena in Ventura, CA. 




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  • As always, I continue to be proud of my brother Ron. As a young child, he was always entertaining us with his tales and stories.

    Ron and I served as Peace Corps Volunteers at the same time. Ron in Peru 63-64, me in Colombia 64-66.

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