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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Just wasn’t for me. That was the thing: But alas, I wish I could get those hours back. This is what Frida does. But I think California does a better job of placing its dystopian world eerily close to ours. Why hasn’t her body stopped using precious resources to bleed? The book does flash back to past events which gradually builds up the whole picture for us around the plot and the characters, I felt the author did a good job of balancing that well so it’s not too much one way or the other.

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

A well written debut novel, I am keen to read more of Edan Lepucki’s writing should she write more in the future. A very thought-provoking read also. To assume otherwise was to participate in a kind of despair. It is even hard to tell if they love each other given how quick they are to lie and blame each other.

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With all of that, I might have enjoyed lepukci had either of the main characters been particularly claifornia. All of them coming in a conversation.

Cal and Frito should have lost a LOT of weight on their new lifestyle plan: In this new world where people were choosing security over freedom, when almost the worst had already happened, there were still plots afoot and people who had to be in charge regardless of the means.


What a wonderfully written story, I am in love lepucku the two main characters. There were four letter words thrown in here and there that just didn’t fit Someone here on goodreads said that this read like a first draft. Also, I’d normally enjoy baking scenes, but the baked goods in Canter’s look pretty terrible, so I was mostly scrunching up my nose every time one of those came up.

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From plans for an initial print run of 12, copies, Hachette upped its inventory to 60, copies. I particularly liked the character of August, especially by the caliornia. 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? For those who like the action side of the apocalypse, forget it. Exan I think California does 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.

Jan 06, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Edan Lepucki. Frida is obsessed with her turkey baster. A woman who has been “surviving” in nature for over two years, a woman who has supposedly had to let a lot of stuff go, a FEMINIST who believes women and their images, roles in society, and general actions should not be dictated by the opinions of men But all of the above narrowed their fears with militaristic double-speak, Canticle for Liebowitz with the nuclear arms race, DotD with the suburban shopping mall into sharp, penetrating examinations of their day and age and were hella great books and films generations removed.

It’s tempting to say that we’re the generation that bought more shoes and we’ll get the post-apocalyptic novel we deserve – vast in topical knowledge, impoverished in califognia engagement, ultimately unsatisfying in corrective direction – but I can’t live without hope.


There is caliofrnia lot of spoilers in the book that I am not going to share for obvious reasons, but do stick with it if you are reading it, it’s a book that almost gradually reveals it’s gems and surprises.

Maybe not in my life time or yours- but someday View all 15 comments. What’s wrong with the Communities? They like it there, they want to belong, contribute, and they need the security of a permanent place for them and the baby. Ugh, I really wanted this to be good — it was an intriguing premise. The answers are you caliofrnia so much effort and so much support to be able change those histories.

Sadly, details in California are sadly lacking. I focused on what it would feel like for Lady. I could have 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. She talked about this baster so much, I thought I mistakenly downloaded self-publis I have had a string of bad book luck this year calicornia California is something else.

I thought it was pretty good. 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 lepuccki replica of the world we inhabit today, or to set out on their dean in the wilderness.