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"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

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.

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Wrap it up...
December 31st, 2014
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.
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California-a novel
September 22nd, 2014
Hard to keep interested in
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September 10th, 2014
Kept my attention but ending was surprise
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Good portrait of the future
September 6th, 2014
Good story all the way along. Loved the politics of The Land. Really loved the last chapter.
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Left wanting...
July 13th, 2014
I feel like I have as many questions as I did halfway through. We'll written.
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