California: A Novel

Paperback | July 7, 2015

byEdan Lepucki

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The highly acclaimed, instantNew York Timesbestseller that "shows the moment-by-moment reality of a painful possible future, the price we may have to pay for our passionate devotion to all of the wrong things." --Sarah Stone,San Francisco Chronicle

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent,Californiaimagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

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The highly acclaimed, instantNew York Timesbestseller that "shows the moment-by-moment reality of a painful possible future, the price we may have to pay for our passionate devotion to all of the wrong things." --Sarah Stone,San Francisco ChronicleThe world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of...

Edan Lepuckiis a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a staff writer forThe Millions. Her short fiction has been published inMcSweeney'sandNarrativemagazine, among other publications, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. This is her first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031625083X

ISBN - 13:9780316250832

Customer Reviews of California: A Novel

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wrap it up... As a first novel, it wasn't bad. It did keep my attention in the sense that there were enough hints and suggestions dropped that one feels like they need to keep going. However, there is entirely too much dialogue used to push the story along which makes it feel slow and clunky but going nowhere. Then it seems like Ms. Lepucki decided she need to end the book in a hurry and tie all the loose ends together. The result is a completely disconnected end which is such an obvious set up for a sequel that I feel cheated. Looking back, I almost wish I had given up at the beginning. Honestly, I think she just rushed and ruined what was an okay story.
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from California-a novel Hard to keep interested in
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from California Kept my attention but ending was surprise
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good portrait of the future Good story all the way along. Loved the politics of The Land. Really loved the last chapter.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Left wanting... I feel like I have as many questions as I did halfway through. We'll written.
Date published: 2014-07-13

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"When the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper, you want a guide whose insight into the subtle revolutions of the heart are as nuanced as her perceptions about the broken world are astute. In prose witty, seductive, and exacting, Lepucki reminds us that, in the after-life of social collapse, it's not only the strongest willed, but the most compassionate among us, who must rebuild. California is an epic of interiors." ---Shya Scanlon, author of Forecast