The Golden State

The Golden State

A Novel
Written by Lydia Kiesling
Narrated by Amanda Dolan
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The Golden State

A Novel
Written by Lydia Kiesling | Narrated by Amanda Dolan
An Earphones Award winner and NPR Best Book of 2018: When young mother Daphne and her toddler flee San Francisco for the rural highlands of northern California, a run-in with elderly Alice will change all of their lives. Kirkus Reviews calls this acclaimed novel “smart, very funny, and wonderfully empathetic.”

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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.

Categories: Editor's Pick, General Fiction
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Run time: 09:08:59
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