The Last Days of California

Mary Miller (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$24.95
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
January 20, 2014
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.7 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780871405883

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About the Author

Mary Miller is the author of three previous books, including the story collection Always Happy Hour and the novel The Last Days of California. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow and John and RenΓ©e Grisham Writer-in-Residence. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Reviews

Hilarious and heartbreaking, dark and beautiful, a novel written by one of the most observant and mordant writers alive...This book is terrific.--Elizabeth McCracken, author of An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination and The Giant's House
A coming-of-age novel for the faithful and the faithless--and anyone in-between.--Michele Filgate, writer and Events Coordinator at Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
Miller portrays her characters...with an unwavering intensity.... Miller's prose bestows a magnetic beauty on gas-station bathroom stops, Waffle House lunches, and the cast of overfed, overstimulated travelers the Metcalfs encounter along the interstates. ...A plangent portrait of American adolescence.... [She delivers] raw the heartbreaking futility of the Metcalfs' small triumphs, private embarrassments, and poor decisions with such hilarious precision that you become completely involved in their struggles--and, ultimately, in awe of their abiding hope.--Catherine Straut
The Last Days of California is a beautiful examination of youth and family and what it means to be alive (and to fear dying) in contemporary America...every scene...tremble[s] with significance... Rarely, if ever, have we seen young American womanhood painted in such a raw and honest and heartbreaking way.--William Boyle
The Last Days of California is the Sense and Sensibility of pre-Apocalypse America, and Jess and Elise may be my new favorite literary sisters: different as night and day, on a road trip to the Rapture with their Evangelical parents, they find they have nothing to lose but each other. Mary Miller is a ventriloquist of adolescent angst and a nervy surveyor of American culture.--Alexis Smith, author of Glaciers
The Last Days of California...is the debut of a promising new voice, a voice that describes the painful longing for transcendence and connectedness with compelling vividness and candor.--Emily Colette Wilkinson