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California by Edan Lepucki
  

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Economic collapses have left the world in ruins. It hasn’t ended, just changed. A couple survive alone in the woods until curiosity drives them to seek a community. And with the inevitability of human nature, that’s where it all goes wrong. It is really nice to read about the collapse of society without a deadly plague or a swarm of zombies. This book is all about humanity; human emotions, human reactions, human fears. It’s very readable and enjoyable, but also makes you think about just what you might do in the characters’ place. Gripping stuff.

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Synopsis

California by Edan Lepucki

The sunshine state lies in darkness. Los Angeles is in ruins, left to the angels now. And the world Cal and Frida have always known is gone. Cal and Frida have 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 despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in one 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 but 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 realise this community poses its own dangers. 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 irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

Reviews

'Imaginative, inventive and beautifully written, California is both a shocking and engrossing read' -- Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister

'This bestselling debut, with shades of 1984 and The Road thrusts an ordinary American couple into a frightening future... powerful and creepy ... Lepucki has given expression to a generational anxiety about the near future, one rooted in the threat of environmental crisis and the loss of meaningful cultural institutions (including the printed book). The experience of reading California brings validation to anyone who sits upright in the middle of the night struck with the instability of the human project on this planet: others are awake, too. And a lot of us are reading California.' Amity Gaige, Folio prize-shortlisted author of Schroder

'Guardian Atwood-esque ... literary and elegant in a smooth, unforced way, with that droll sense of humour and a relentlessly clear eye ... very, very good' Belfast Telegraph

'Breathtakingly original, fearless and inventive, pitch perfect in its portrayal of the intimacies and tiny betrayals of marriage, so utterly gripping it demands to be read in one sitting: Edan Lepucki's California is the novel you have been waiting for, the novel that perfectly captures the hopes and anxieties of contemporary America. This is a novel that resonates on every level, a novel that stays with you for a lifetime. Read it now' -- Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

About the Author

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and is a staff writer for the influential blog The Millions. Her work has already appeared in publications including McSweeny's, LA Times Magazine and Best American Short Stories 2012.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th April 2015

Author

Edan Lepucki

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Author's Website

www.edanlepucki.com/

Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349139470

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