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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In California, Cal and Frida have left L. I agree, and good example. In spite wdan the constant talk and endless explanations, none of the characters were clear to me; the main characters flip-flop in th Oh dear.

They should have been eaten by a bear in the first chapter. At times these gestures seem founded in their allegorical fall; at other times they are jarring narrative disconnections. I wanted every woman, especially younger women, to see these photos as just sort of the mundane violence that they are. Shortly after, some inconsequential sitting around happens while they wait for a vote to be allowed to stay.

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It is utterly unlike any post-apocalyptic fiction I’ve read before. View all 83 comments. First edition book cover. Hinting at environmental catastrophe but focusing edqn human relationships, it tries to inhabit a middle ground between those two precedents but ends up feeling rather juvenile.


The brother has a community to consider and Cal has no problem unloading his numerous doubts and misgivings about everything else under the sun onto Frida so why not?

They have no idea who they can really trust here, and even as the reader I got it wrong on my judgement of characters around them, so no wonder they did too. But what do I know.

We’re told that the villain is charismatic and violent, but we never see those qualities in scene. What’s the book about?: In the beginning, I had hope that Lepucki was going to write a scathing critique of the nostalgia for patriarchy inherent in the genre, but a third of the way in, our heroine is baking and fretting over a pregnancy, and in a move to jump start a leaden climax, makes a decision akin to ripping off her bikini and leaping into shark infe Spoilers below.

Retrieved from ” https: Reading California in California – where there is only 12 to 18 months left of water in Socalif the drought persists – is a particularly uncomfortable experience.

View all 7 comments. I would gladly suffer the likes of Annihilation and We Were Liars over ever encountering California or its author’s future literary “efforts” again Rich people retreated to Communities, which are basically enclaves for people with resources, but it’s not particularly clear how those resources remain available.

A book based on her Instagram, Mothers Before, which showcases photos of women’s mothers before they became mothers, will be published by Abrams in spring Lepucki at least writes competently, and if her characters are infuriating and unlikeable they are at least understandable, their motives discernible. He looks at her a lot, just watching her because he looooves her with all his heart and possessive nature.


California by Edan Lepucki

California is pages of prequel and ten of “a stranger comes to town. The vote is just so it’s on the books and Frida can not help her stupid self. Is Lepucki planning a sequel?

My themed book club means that I’ve averaged one P-A novel a month for the last 5 years or so Your first novel is titled Califorrnia.

I read mostly non-fiction and perhaps I expect a storyline to make sense. My skepticism started with Cal and Frida.


Instead, it just made them appear childish and made the book worst than czlifornia written angsty YA novels. Dwindling resources, a starving public infrastructure, severe weather events, an upside-down diet where the least-processed food is only afforded to the bourgeois classes; these are real fears with measurable pernicious effects in There are many likeable characters in the ecan that are tangible and real.

Lepucki uses this backdrop to explore how a typical marriage might survive a society that has turned into rather a dog-eat-dog affair.