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Call Number: Fiction / Watkins, Claire, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Watkins, Claire Vaye
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|Location||Call Number||Branch||Item Status|
|Downtown 2nd Floor||Fiction / Watkins, Claire||Downtown Library||On Shelf|
|Westgate Adult Books||Adult Book / Fiction / General / Watkins, Claire Vaye||Westgate Branch||On Shelf|
|Malletts Adult Books||Adult Book / Fiction / General / Watkins, Claire Vaye||Malletts Creek Branch||Due 06-01-2021|
|Traverwood Adult Books||Adult Book / Fiction / General / Watkins, Claire Vaye||Traverwood Branch||Due 05-18-2021|
"The much-anticipated first novel from a Story Prize-winning "5 Under 35" fiction writer. In 2012, Claire Vaye Watkins's story collection, Battleborn, swept nearly every award for short fiction. Now this young writer, widely heralded as a once-in-a-generation talent, returns with a first novel that harnesses the sweeping vision and deep heart that made her debut so arresting to a love story set in a devastatingly imagined near future. Unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California into a surreal, phantasmagoric landscape. With the Central Valley barren, underground aquifer drained, and Sierra snowpack entirely depleted, most "Mojavs," prevented by both armed vigilantes and an indifferent bureaucracy from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps. In Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon, two young Mojavs. Luz, once a poster child for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the "forever war" turned surfer--squat in a starlet's abandoned mansion. Holdouts, they subsist on rationed cola and whatever they can loot, scavenge, and improvise. The couple's fragile love somehow blooms in this arid place, and for the moment, it seems enough. But when they cross paths with a mysterious child, the thirst for a better future begins. They head east, a route strewn with danger: sinkholes and patrolling authorities, bandits and the brutal, omnipresent sun. Ghosting after them are rumors of a visionary dowser a diviner for waterand his followers, who whispers say have formed a colony at the edge of a mysterious sea of dunes. Immensely moving, profoundly disquieting, and mind-blowingly original, Watkins's novel explores the myths we believe about others and tell about ourselves, the double-edged power of our most cherished relationships, and the shape of hope in a precarious future that may be our own"-- Provided by publisher.
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Couldn't push through the apathy submitted by steveiew on June 19, 2018, 3:02pm I was incredibly excited when this book came out but at the end of the day I couldn't continue to push through reading a story with characters that were so apathetic to their situation. Admittedly, I didn't get very far into the book, but spending the first few chapters hearing about their lives drove me crazy. They were content to sit around as the world crashed around them.
Just another apocalyptic novel submitted by redwood on August 1, 2019, 8:15am Some good prose at times, but characters are hard to crack and it feels like nothing new.