A Novel

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Publisher Description

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, California imagines 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.

"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities."-Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

Fiction & Literature
July 8
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

SubLimeReActioN ,

Pretty good

California was overall a good read. During some parts the book can get a little boring and monotonous. Easy read though and great for her first novel. If you're looking for a post apocalyptic book, this probably isn't going to be what you think it would be but good nonetheless.

koreanhistorian ,

Has little to offer

I just finished reading California, which I bought a couple of years ago because Stephen Colbert told me to. I began it then quite eagerly but gave up a quarter of the way through due to extreme boringness. Blaming my stupidity and lack of patience, however, I recently gave it another try.

Lepucki is a fine writer who offers many worthy examples of phrasing and description, but this book severely lacks imagination. From quite early on I kept asking myself, “Where is this story going?” — a question I would keep asking until Chapter 20 or 21 (out of 24). Wait, the end of Chapter 19, was that the climax? What the hell! While I thought the sections about the Pirates and Micah’s viciousness had potential, most of the dark secrets in the story were a snooze and did little to make me question my humanity. Had Lepucki never heard of The Walking Dead when she wrote this?

Anyway, for a book that is marketed as “post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction”, California proves to have very little to offer the genre.

Blue-apple ,

Neat lil dystopian novella

Interesting concepts and psychology in this dystopian future novel. It's told from both sides of a young couple perspectives and it's intriguing how their perceptions are different from one another in the very small reality they share. I liked how vague the author was about the year, and about the state of world at large around them. Everything is important to them that's right at hand, mostly survival. This was a nice, entertaining, easy read.

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