Synopses & Reviews
The year is 2008, the place California. Vic Mahler, famous for having inspired cult followers in the seventies, serves time on death row, now facing a countdown of ten days. For years, his daughter, Lana, has been in hiding. Meanwhile, her friend Rose, a lawyer, is determined to bring the two together.
When Rose succeeds in tracking down Lana at a California health spa, the two friends must negotiate land mines of memory in order to find their future. In sharp episodes infused with pathos and wit, Edie Meidav brings her acclaimed insight and poetry to the hope of friendship, parenthood, dystopia, and the legacy of the seventies. Lola, California speaks to our contemporary crisis of faith, asking: Can we survive too much choice?
“[A] gorgeous, audacious novel . . . Meidavs prose is writerly: exact yet maximalist, prodigiously lyrical . . . The opposite of a page turner in the best way, the novel prompts us to linger, re-read, flip back, and figure the damned thing out . . . Lola, California is a startling novel, as prodigiously smart as it is technically proficient. Her characters may be narcissistic zeligs, but Meidav is an American original.” —Anne Trubek, The Daily Beast
“[A] gorgeous, audacious novel . . .Meidav is an American original.” —Anne Trubek, The Daily Beast "A clock-ticking thriller and a maximal social novel."—San Francisco Weekly "Meidav captures the self-indulgence of adolescent friendship and the tension underlying familial bonds, languidly teasing out the surprising secrets of the past."—The New Yorker "Edie Meidav makes sentences perform like a snake charmer's snakes in this meditation on friendship, parenthood, and of course California."—Luc Sante, author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York "Edie Meidav treats the West Coast's counterculture and the lives of young women with a steely regard, and does so in prose as faceted and illuminating as a flashing diamond. It's that artistry, and the wisdom of her novel, which make the story's shocking conclusion all the more profound."—Oscar Villalon "A page-turner in the moment; a thought-provoker that lingers in the mind."—Meredith Maran, author of A Theory of Small Earthquakes
About the Author
Edie Meidav is the author of The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon and Crawl Space (FSG, 2005). Winner of a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, the Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman, and the Bard Fiction Prize, she teaches at Bard College.