Synopses & Reviews
This novel in verse about a group of California yuppies was one of the most highly praised books of 1986 and a bestseller on both coasts.
"While the idea of a novel in verse may be initially off-putting, readers of this tour de force are in for a treat. Using the sonnet form throughout, and varying his language from lyrical elegance to timely vernacular, Seth's tale of four California Yuppies is as fully dimensional as a good novel, and twice as diverting....Seth's experiment is a resounding success." Publishers Weekly
"At once a bittersweet love story, a wickedly funny novel of manners and an unsentimental meditation on mortality and the nuclear abyss. Always witty and still profound the book paints a truthful picture of our dreadful, comic times." Vanity Fair
"A splendid achievement, equally convincing in its exhilaration and its sadness." The New York Times
"The great California novel has been written in verse (and why not?): The Golden Gate gives great joy." Gore Vidal