Usually I devour a couple of books when I’m traveling solo, but last week was full of deadlines. Not to mention my prep work for the Blogalicious Wells Fargo Perfect Pitch contest. Great news! I WON!!! I’m so excited to bring Bawdy Bookworms into fruition. Make sure you join the email list for updates.
Now that I’m back home and have decompressed a bit, I jumped back into an audiobook. I got a copy of California by Edan Lepucki through a promo on GoodReads (affiliate link). The dystopian novel hit all my triggers: character driven, set in the near future, a modern civilization in ruin and characters attempting to survive:
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.
It also helps that the audiobook is less than 13 hours. After my ordeal with The Goldfinch audiobook, I don’t want to invest in anything too long.
I’m about a third of the way through. I wasn’t sure how a novel with only characters would work for me, but Lepucki has done a good job interspersing the past. All the little crumbs she leaves about civilization’s downfall keeps me intrigued.
Have you read California by Edan Lepucki?