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A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'
A grave new world awaits in Edan Lepucki's 'California'

In Edan Lepucki's debut novel, "California," young married couple Frida and Cal must navigate a post-apocalyptic landscape in a broken-down near-future. Lepucki focuses on the complexities of basic human emotions, testing allegiances and letting secrets unravel even the most steadfast of survivors, all while illustrating how impossible it is to change what inherently makes us human. In the aftermath of an unnamed series of cataclysms, Frida and Cal want to escape "L.A.'s chewed-up streets" and "parks growing wild in their abandonment," with "its people starving on the sidewalks, covered in piss and crying out." Escape they do, to an unnamed...