The website for the fiction writer Edan Lepucki. friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California. Edan Lepucki sets her debut novel, California, somewhere in the s. The nearness of this era helps make her vision both more discomfiting. Edan Lepucki comes to the telephone out of breath and laughing. “I’m escaping from my children!” she cries, and I can hear said offspring.

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Were pillows the first to go in this book’s vague but severe collapse of society? The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far beh 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.

I just was reading and reading, going with the flow of the plot, keen to know more about the complex characters that live within the secluded complex. I picked it up the first day it came out on Audible.

Beautiful language abounds, as does mystery. Some cities are inhabitable and several large corporations, two which names made me chuckle because they are so much in the news for their strong arm tactics, have started secure gated communities. I agree, and good example. 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. The whole time I was reading this I was hiding from my 3 month old and my husband so I could find out what was going to happen next.

Because THIS is probably what we are looking forward to if something doesn’t change. The characters have to make some really tough choices to survive, and this book’s beautiful writing creeps into you and keeps you up at night, wondering what you would do.


You make your own mind up. Some people talk of this book as being set in a post-apocalyptic era or dystopian backdrop. And has Lepucki been in a temperate forest for more than five minutes? Cal and Frito had both come from a crumbling society but were still well-fed and relatively healthy.

So I just couldn’t finish this. Having all your characters turn away from Christianity is one thing, but describing Christians with the f-bomb is a huge no-no.

I wanted that to feel califonia uncomfortable.

To ask other readers questions about Californiaplease sign up. He is unreasonably antagonistic toward his hosts, but we believe in his jealous love. It shows that people need to understand how to take care of themselves, need to understand where resources come from, how trade works, how things are made and they need to learn to do so before it’s too late because otherwise, the world is going to devolve into gated communities for the rich and everyone else will be struggling to survive, dying, dead, or enslaved as menial labor in gated communities for the rich.

We get the sense that both their experiences and their lack of social stimulation have made them rather At least if your goal is to sell more books.

They’re super big, right? And even though the characters at times seem to hate each other, they love to have sex. I made a poor decision in choosing this one.

California review – Edan Lepucki’s hit story of marriage after the apocalypse

Jul 03, Ryan Dejonghe rated it did not like it. Flashes of genuine narrative tension that pull the reader forward by the shirtfront are interrupted by moments of retrospection or unhurried conversation that seem unlikely or disappointingly timed.

She shaves and is thrilled to be hair-free again. What’s wrong with the Communities? Cal is perfectly happy making Frida his entire world.


But, see, we were having computer problems and I couldn’t get Overdrive to work so I went to Hoopla and they had this there, front-n-center, and I We There’s a cailfornia that I’m getting a little burned out on post-apocalyptic fiction.

One thought that recurred as I read a later draft of California is that Frida and Cal’s existence is one logical conclusion of hipsterdom. So why didn’t that happen? I would gladly suffer the likes of Annihilation and We Were Liars over ever encountering California or its author’s cailfornia literary “efforts” again That said, I can see from other reviews that I am in the minority and know that I might be too hidebound to enjoy this genre. Frida is particularly stupid: My skepticism started with Cal and Frida.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As for the fear of the color red everything from red clothing to paper cuts were shunnedthen why talk about that fear while cutting up presumably red apples?

But I think California does a better job of placing its dystopian world eerily close to ours. There’s none of that here, no humor, no authentic or believable emotion even believable trauma of any sort.

Lady, meanwhile, is in a state of constant denial. Aug 01, Amy rated it did not like it. Show 25 25 50 All.

Edan Lepucki on Dick Pics, California, and Motherhood | Literary Hub

I will defer now to the awesomeness that is Erica’s review to better explain this book. There are many likeable characters in the book that are tangible and real.

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