The Tribes of Palos Verdes: A Novel by Joy NicholsonThe Tribes of Palos Verdes: A Novel by Joy Nicholson

The Tribes of Palos Verdes: A Novel

byJoy Nicholson

Paperback | September 15, 1998

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Medina Mason is a defiant, awkward newcomer to the affluent beach community of Palos Verdes, California. As her parents' marriage disintegrates and her beloved brother falls prey to the temptations of drugs and the lunacy of their mother, Medina surfs to survive, finding a bitter solace in the rough comfort of the waves. This is the moving story of growing up "different," of the love between siblings, and of one girl's power to save herself.

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Joy Nicholson lives in Los Angeles. The Tribes of Palos Verdes is her first novel.
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Title:The Tribes of Palos Verdes: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.5 × 5.04 × 0.61 inPublished:September 15, 1998Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031219532X

ISBN - 13:9780312195328

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Medina Mason and her twin brother Jim have just moved with their parents to the exclusive California beach community of Palos Verdes. At 14, Medina is awkward, hostile and instantly unpopular, while good-looking, easygoing Jim is quickly at home among the surfers, girls and potheads who make up the local surf scene. As Medina watches her parents' marriage disintegrate and her brother drift dangerously away from her, she turns to surfing, finding comfort in the waves. But no matter how much control Medina gains against the sea, at home and at school her life remains chaotic. Now Medina must struggle to save herself and her brother from the forces that conspire to tear them apart. The Tribes of Palos Verdes is an astonishing debut novel by Joy Nicholson.

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"Nicholson captures the California-coast culture...Medina shows what it's like to feel '6 million years old' way before your time." -Entertainment Weekly"An inspiring portrait of a young woman unswayed by other people's pettiness." -Mademoiselle"Impressive...captures what it is to be young, intelligent, and very alone." -US Magazine"Nicholson's evocation of character, her ability to bring Medina fully to life, makes this work. She writes with snapshot immediacy...A writer to keep in mind." -David Ulin, Salon Magazine