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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View all 5 comments. Where I got the book: The ending was rushed and I was glad. Why are they so scary? Not great, pretty good, but significantly flawed.

She persuades Cal to leave their outpost in search of other people. I picked it up the first day it came out on Audible. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. Jun 08, Jane rated it liked it Shelves: Issues with oil prices and availability, environmental issues, crime, the rich getting richer and being able to afford the necessities whilst the poor are forced out of society, living a minimalistic lifestyle.

What happened to the children? Why hasn’t her body stopped using precious resources to bleed? And then she goes on to judge another woman, one who is actually good at surviving and homesteading and being part of a culty team, for having hairy armpits. But one thing first. Jul 07, RandomAnthony rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Can they feed themselves? Her mother is kind of brazen, but pulled that off because she knows herself better.

Some of his lines were just corny, for lack of a better word. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It’s almost as if they weren’t two people living on the edge of nowhere, scraping out a survival, the way they obsessively ruminate about the past. 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 He actually has thoughts worrying about the possibility that the people they meet will be all male and want to take Frida away.


California by Edan Lepucki

Videos About This Book. The world of California could be closer than we think, and I don’t want to be the lady carrying around a turkey baster at the end of the world.

To ask other readers questions about Californiaplease sign up. Don’t waste your money or time.

Want to Read saving…. I could californiq ignored it except in that same conversation, Cal segues from thinking about Frida’s period to reminisce over spreading her ass cheeks apart during one of the jakillion fuck sessions therefore calcifying the grossness of the whole thing.

I can’t one-star this because there is a plot and the writing is fine and there’s nothing technically wrong with it.


Previous Article Classic Jessica Hopper: They grow what they can and kill what they can and try to make a go of it the way their ancestors likely did. And even though the characters at times seem to hate each le;ucki, they love to have sex. Also, a bit like in Children of Menshe effectively uses an unborn child as a symbol of hope, of life continuing: I will defer now to the awesomeness that is Erica’s review to better explain this book. Did you like the ending? Thank you Little, Brown and Company for giving me an advanced copy of this wonderful debut!

Cal and Frida are a young couple who are living off the grid, alone in the woods. One of the toughest forms of miscommunication that you deal with is a woman lying to herself, as S. Flashes californla 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.

This plot clearly showed how the author lacked creativity and originality; not only was it unoriginal, the reveal of who was who and who does what and who was good or bad was predictable, poorly crafted, and failed to hold my attention at all. It’s all too easy to imagine our cities falling slowly into disrepair with the help of a few natural disasters, of course while the lepucli seclude themselves in Calabasas and Malibu. It still has th When I first saw this book I got all excited.


The pair Frieda and Cal trailblaze their ways to the wild after their city breaks down and a lazy word usage warning dystopian scenario emerges in which the super-rich can afford to live in gated communities while everyone else fends for very limited resources.

Edan Lepucki on Dick Pics, California, and Motherhood

Oh this is good stuff people, because there is nothing but secrets, lies and ecan to be revealed from this point on. At times these gestures seem founded in their allegorical fall; at other times they are jarring oepucki disconnections.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Her short story “There’s No Place Like Home” is included in Warmer, an anthology of short fiction about climate change.

Moreover, Frida and Cal are two very unlikable protagonists; their griping and pettiness and immaturity fail to show how stress in trying times can make a person wilt. There are no zombies here, there is not a lot of action Those who can have fled the major cities–now riddled with violence and decay–either for the cloistered sanctuary of a “community,” where life is a sort of clownish replica of the world we inhabit today, or to set out on their own in the wilderness.

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