California by Edan Lepucki
(Little, Brown and Company, 2014, 393 pages)
California was the first book selection for this semester’s Between the Covers book club. I’m sad I had to miss the discussion – but you might be familiar with the title because it got a lot of attention back in the summer of 2014 with all the Amazon/Hachette publishing drama. On his show, “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert encouraged people to buy Lepucki’s book from independent bookstores when it wasn’t available for pre-order on Amazon and that helped promote the book in a way that almost nothing else could.
Young married couple Cal and Frida have set off on their own and are living off the land in California. Set in the “near” future, the world they live in is a bleak place but they find comfort in each other’s company. Their view on the life they’ve been leading changes when Frida finds out she might be pregnant. The couple heads out to join a closed off community close by that they take turns being unsure of. The community is understandably wary of strangers and they have secrets Cal and Frida try to uncover in order to determine if this is somewhere worth staying.
If you’re a fan of dystopian novels you might consider picking this title up.
You can also check out Theresa’s review.