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By Claire Vaye Watkins
The much-anticipated first novel from a narrative Prize-winning "5 lower than 35" fiction writer.
Named a scorching Fall learn by way of Vogue, Mashable, Vanity reasonable, Pop Sugar, Kirkus, Hello Giggles, and Los Angeles Magazine
In 2012, Claire Vaye Watkins's tale assortment, Battleborn, swept approximately each award for brief fiction. Now this younger author, largely heralded as a once-in-a-generation expertise, returns with a primary novel that harnesses the sweeping imaginative and prescient and deep middle that made her debut so arresting to a love tale set in a devastatingly imagined close to future:
Unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California right into a surreal, phantasmagoric panorama. With the crucial Valley barren, underground aquifer tired, and Sierra snowpack totally depleted, so much "Mojavs," avoided through either armed vigilantes and an detached paperwork from freely crossing borders to lusher areas, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps. In Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon, younger Mojavs—Luz, as soon as a poster baby for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the "forever war" grew to become surfer—squat in a starlet's deserted mansion. Holdouts, they subsist on rationed cola and no matter what they could loot, scavenge, and improvise.
The couple's fragile love one way or the other blooms during this arid position, and for the instant, it kind of feels sufficient. but if they go paths with a mysterious baby, the thirst for a greater destiny starts off. They head east, a direction strewn with possibility: sinkholes and patrolling specialists, bandits and the brutal, omnipresent sunlight. Ghosting after them are rumors of a visionary dowser—a diviner for water—and his fans, who whispers say have shaped a colony on the fringe of a mysterious sea of dunes.
Immensely relocating, profoundly disquieting, and mind-blowingly unique, Watkins's novel explores the myths we think approximately others and inform approximately ourselves, the double-edged energy of our such a lot adored relationships, and the form of desire in a precarious destiny which may be our own.
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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel by Claire Vaye Watkins