The Golden State

A Novel
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Product Number: DD39165
Released: Sep 04, 2018
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ISBN: #9781538586792
Narrator/s: Amanda Dolan
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A gorgeous, raw debut novel about a young woman braving the ups and downs of motherhood in a fractured America In Lydia Kiesling's razor-sharp debut novel, The Golden State, we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, as she flees her sensible but strained life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her toddler, Honey. Bucking under the weight of being a single parent-her Turkish husband is unable to return to the United States because of a "processing error"-Daphne takes refuge in a mobile home left to her by her grandparents in hopes that the quiet will bring clarity. But clarity proves elusive. Over the next ten days Daphne is anxious, she behaves a little erratically, she drinks too much. She wanders the town looking for anyone and anything to punctuate the long hours alone with the baby. Among others, she meets Cindy, a neighbor who is active in a secessionist movement, and befriends the elderly Alice, who has traveled to Altavista as she approaches the end of her life. When her relationships with these women culminate in a dangerous standoff, Daphne must reconcile her inner narrative with the reality of a deeply divided world. Keenly observed, bristling with humor, and set against the beauty of a little-known part of California, The Golden State is about class and cultural breakdowns, and desperate attempts to bridge old and new worlds. But more than anything, it is about motherhood: its voracious worry, frequent tedium, and enthralling, wondrous love.

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Author(s): Lydia Kiesling

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Author(s): Lydia Kiesling
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Released: Sep 04, 2018
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"With characters that ring vocally and emotionally true, narrator Amanda Dolan takes us to a place where achieving a state of happiness seems both obvious and impossible. In this acclaimed debut novel, young mother Daphne Nilson flees with her baby daughter from the malaise of her life. She lands in a northern California town as depressed as she is. Its residents have more sympathy for State of Jefferson separatists than they do for a wife separated (due to underhanded immigration agents) from her Turkish husband. Dolan, while giving full weight to Daphne's paralyzing despair, also captures her delight in and love for her child. When Daphne attempts to befriend an apathetic elderly woman visiting town, the awkward relationship they form leads to the novel's climax. K.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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