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Wonder Valley

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In an essay that combines bold reportage, memoir and critical analysis, Zimbabwean novelist and journalist Panashe Chigumadzi reflects on the ‘coup that was not a coup’, the telling of history and manipulation of time and the ancestral spirts of two women – her own grandmother and Mbuya Nehanda, the grandmother of the nation.

These Bones Will Rise Again is the first publication in The Indigo Press's Mood Indigo series - in which leading writers reflect on the pressing social and political issues of our time. 

 

Wonder Valley

Ivy Pochoda

20 September 2018 | £12.99 | Demy Paperback with French Flaps

When a teenager runs away from his father's mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that connects a cast of six characters who narrate Wonder Valley.

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 harbouring 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 destined to be a classic L.A. novel. From desert scrub to cold blue sea, it carries an eloquent yet hard-edge take on the contradictions of a place so difficult to define. It's impossible to put down.' 

Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A vision of Southern California that is at once panoramic and intimate . . . This novel paints an unforgettable portrait of people who long, above all else, for community and connection."

Edan Lepucki, author of California

"Wonder Valley seethes with the vivid, searching idea of Southern California. But as the intersecting journeys of hippie acolytes, restless hoods, lost boys and all manner of runaways converge, Pochoda enacts a aching dream of home that will possess and haunt you."

Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

'Wonder Valley is a panorama of despair and yearning, shifting between timelines and locations in its portrait of individuals bound by the desire to escape, forget, and reinvent.'  

Entertainment Weekly

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Wonder Valley