California by Edan Lepucki
(Little, Brown and Company, 2014, 400 pages)
California is the first book assigned for our Between the Covers book club this semester! It is yet another post apocalyptic novel, but the story feels new and has a few unexpected twists. I don’t want to say too much (I’m saving it for book club) but it was a quick and enjoyable read.
“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. 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.” – Amazon.com