Wonder Valley - Ivy Pochoda

Wonder Valley

By Ivy Pochoda

  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Genre: Literary
5 Score: 5 (From 9 Ratings)

Book Information

NPR Best Book of 2017

Los Angeles Times Best Fiction Pick

Refinery29 Best Book of the Year

BOLO Books Top Read of 2017

“Destined to be a classic L.A. novel.”—Michael Connelly

When a teen runs away from his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles.

From the acclaimed author of Visitation Street, a visionary portrait of contemporary Los Angeles in all its facets, from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific, from the 110 to Skid Row.

During a typically crowded morning commute, a naked runner is dodging between the stalled cars.  The strange sight makes the local news and captures the imaginations of a stunning cast of misfits and lost souls.

There's Ren, just out of juvie, who travels to LA in search of his mother. There's Owen and James, teenage twins who live in a desert commune, where their father, a self-proclaimed healer, holds a powerful sway over his disciples. There's Britt, who shows up at the commune harboring a dark secret. There's Tony, a bored and unhappy lawyer who is inspired by the runner. And there's Blake, a drifter hiding in the desert, doing his best to fight off his most violent instincts.  Their lives will all intertwine and come crashing together in a shocking way, one that could only happen in this enchanting, dangerous city.

Wonder Valley is a swirling mix of angst, violence, heartache, and yearning—a masterpiece by a writer on the rise.

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Recent Reviews

  • Wonder Valley

    By wmb143
    Recommendation from a friend led me to this Wonder-full book. I know the area, have driven in a vw bus from Yucca to Lake Havasu. The threads of this story are finally braided together in a satisfying ending. Good character development, a glimpse into peripheral worlds colliding.
  • Wonder Valley

    By Readingbythesea
    If you have ever lived or just driven into downtown LA all the people in this story you will see on the sidewalk. Story well written.