Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel

Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel

Claire Vaye Watkins


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The much-anticipated first novel from a narrative Prize-winning “5 lower than 35” fiction writer.
 
In 2012, Claire Vaye Watkins’s tale assortment, Battleborn, swept approximately each award for brief fiction. Now this younger author, greatly heralded as a once-in-a-generation expertise, returns with a primary novel that harnesses the sweeping imaginative and prescient and deep middle that made her debut so arresting to a love tale set in a devastatingly imagined close to future:

Unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California right into a surreal, phantasmagoric panorama. With the significant Valley barren, underground aquifer tired, and Sierra snowpack solely depleted, so much “Mojavs,” avoided through either armed vigilantes and an detached paperwork from freely crossing borders to lusher areas, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps. In la’ Laurel Canyon, younger Mojavs—Luz, as soon as a poster baby for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the “forever warfare” grew to become surfer—squat in a starlet’s deserted mansion. Holdouts, they subsist on rationed cola and no matter what they could loot, scavenge, and improvise.

The couple’s fragile love by some means blooms during this arid position, and for the instant, it sort of feels adequate. but if they pass paths with a mysterious baby, the thirst for a greater destiny starts off. They head east, a direction strewn with threat: sinkholes and patrolling experts, bandits and the brutal, omnipresent solar. Ghosting after them are rumors of a visionary dowser—a diviner for water—and his fans, who whispers say have shaped a colony on the fringe of a mysterious sea of dunes.

Immensely relocating, profoundly disquieting, and mind-blowingly unique, Watkins’s novel explores the myths we think approximately others and inform approximately ourselves, the double-edged strength of our so much loved relationships, and the form of desire in a precarious destiny that could be our own.

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