California: A Novel by Edan Lepucki

By Edan Lepucki

"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, complicated, deeply irritating imaginative and prescient of the longer term, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." —- Jennifer Egan, writer of A stopover at from the Goon Squad

The international Cal and Frida have constantly identified is long past, and they've left the crumbling urban of la a long way in the back of them. They now dwell in a shack within the wasteland, operating side-by-side to make their days tolerable within the face of problem and isolation. Mourning a prior they can't reclaim, they search solace in one another. however the tentative lifestyles they've outfitted for themselves is thrown into doubt while Frida reveals out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and uncertain in their skill to elevate a toddler by myself, Cal and Frida set out for the closest payment, a guarded and paranoid neighborhood with darkish secrets and techniques. those humans can supply them safety, yet Cal and Frida quickly detect this neighborhood poses hazards of its personal. during this unexpected global, the place every little thing and everybody may be perceived as a chance, the couple needs to quick make a decision whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by way of a gorgeous new expertise, California imagines a frighteningly reasonable close to destiny, during which clashes among mankind's darkish nature and deep-seated resilience strength us to question how some distance we are going to visit defend those we adore.

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Whilst saluting Jude’s ears with this impassioned rhetoric, Troutham had seized his left hand with his own left, and swinging his slim frame round him at arm’s-length, again struck Jude on the hind parts with the flat side of Jude’s own rattle, till the field echoed with the blows, which were delivered once or twice at each revolution. ’ cried the whirling child, as helpless under the centrifugal tendency of his person as a hooked fish swinging to land, and beholding the hill, the rick, the plantation, the path, and the rooks going round and round him in an amazing circular race.

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