The Last Days of California


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.7 inches | 0.0 pounds

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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.


An affecting coming-of-age story from an inspired new voice.--Elliott Holt, author of You are One of Them
A literary snapshot of our times that portrays the affirmation and doubt we often find in family and faith.--Wiley Cash, New York Times best-selling author of This Dark Road to Mercy and A Land More Kind Than Home
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
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