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California's Over

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California's Over leads us down an unmarked road to the coast and then deep into the rotten, labyrinthine house where James Farmican, the famous poet, shot himself to death years ago, leaving behind a legacy of adulation and bankruptcy. Now his family is leaving, and the young narrator--who calls himself Baelthon--has been hired to haul the furniture onto the lawn and sort ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 27th 1998 by Vintage (first published August 19th 1997)
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Jul 14, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it
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When an author can find power and drama in the comparatively ordinary events, the cataclysmic can go hang.

California's Over accomplishes this feat, juxtaposing the narrator's past and present without employing an obvious crescendo in the Nevada desert as what a creative writing professor would call the "climax."

We know what shocking and sad events occur before we read the details, but knowing who lives and dies or works in a brothel before it happens can't spoil the pleasure of the tale. Credit
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Louis B. Jones is the author of three New York Times Notable Books - Ordinary Money (Viking 1990, Penguin 1991), Particles and Luck (Pantheon 1993, Vintage 1994), and California’s Over (Pantheon 1997, Vintage 1998). His newest novel, Radiance, will be published by Counterpoint Press May 2011. He is an NEA fellow and a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. He has written screenplays – or ...more
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