California by Edan Lepucki | Book Discussion

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind’s dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

The Colbert Report and Sherman Alexie alerted the world to the advent of a major talent . Follow the Book Circle discussion team as we explore the wild depths of Edan Lepucki’s CALIFORNIA.

4 replies
  1. Imafungi123
    Imafungi123 says:

    Maybe the whole ‘no child aspect’ was semi symbolic, regarding the concept
    of grown ups who in seemingly strict personal declarations choose not to
    have children.

  2. Imafungi123
    Imafungi123 says:

    Around 25:00 talking about Fridas nature, I admit I have only read the free
    inside look preview on amazon of the first few pages, but hearing your
    summery of that open scene, I feel Frida may represent the idea of woman as
    a sacred object, a vessel which brings life into the world, so the man has
    to toil and think and worry, while the women, and california women maybe
    notorious for this, maintain their bodies, look fertile, and just be the
    cherished machinery that is significantly responsible for life. I think
    the book appears to be quite deep, I dont know why you guys are hating on
    it so much, but I suppose I have some more to listen.


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