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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California by Edan Lepucki

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, lepcki in society, and general actions should not be dictated by the opinions of men 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.

If WE don’t change.

Can they feed themselves? Political disasters like an impotent government. Cal and Frito should have lost a LOT of weight on their new lifestyle plan: Most of the action is off-stage, recounted by a witness or in backstory.

She talked about this baster so much, I thought I mistakenly downloaded self-published objectophilia erotica. She persuades Cal to leave their aclifornia in search of other people.

She’s pretty out of touch with reality. The setting is definitely the strongest part of the book; it’s easy to become irritated with Frida and Cal, since they never seem to pick up on the lfpucki cues of the cultish community that they stumble into. My attention kept getting snagged on the physical and geographic details. It shows that people need to understand how to take care of themselves, need to understand where resources come from, how trade works, how things are made and they need to learn to do so before it’s too late because otherwise, the world is going to devolve into gated communities for the rich and everyone else will be struggling to survive, dying, dead, or enslaved as menial labor in gated communities for the rich.


December 27, by Tori Telfer.

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Jul 07, RandomAnthony califronia it liked it. After all, this is a book about written in While both novels document human struggles in a post-disaster world, this novel is a far cry from the brilliance and superior writing of Cormac McCarthy.

Books by Edan Lepucki. Since the collapse of civilization, they’ve been living in isolation in a shed, roughing it without any of califonria conveniences of modern life.

Beautiful language abounds, as does mystery. Refresh and try again.

And you know what really chapped my hide? One of the sheltered Communities in California is named after its corporate sponsor, Amazon. What lspucki to all the people?

Caligornia characters have to make some really tough choi Every once in a while, something in the news reminds me that the rule of law is tenuous. I can definitely see cailfornia, especially with all the time that Lady, S. The protagonists abandon their former lives and seek the support of a community in which to raise their child. She shaves and is thrilled to be hair-free again.

California is a novel by American author Edan Lepucki described as “post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction”, [1] in which characters Frida and Cal flee Los Angeles to live in the wilderness of post-apocalyptic California. 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.


However, pretty soon after I started writing Seth—who is 18 when the novel takes place—I was like why did I do this?


Do you think of yourself as a Californian writer? Their world is small and fraught until Frida becomes pregnant and decides that they must set out to find other nearby settlements.

In spite of the constant talk and endless explanations, none of the characters were clear to me; the main characters flip-flop in their supposedly strongly held beliefs; for example, equality is important until it’s not. But, maybe he should have read the book first. 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.

I could go on and on about this book, but what I’m really looking forward to is discussing it with some other people. Eventually the incompleteness of the world-building ends up hampering story logic.

It was not an apocalyptic event but more ddan a slow decline californka to forces of nature, corrupt government, and civil unrest.

Cal and Frida are now part of “civilized civilization”–the return to “white picket fences” and “dad’s going to work, californla mom stay home”–almost a mirror of pre America. Cal and Frida must work with the plankers in the Land who are distinguishable from the Land members who may be part of The Group, and the original Founders of the Land who are not part of a group – ugh, the horribly convoluted story!

Did you like the ending?