Wonder Valley


Product Details

Ecco Press
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.0 X 1.0 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley, VisitationStreet, and These Women. She won the 2018 Strand Critics Award for Best Novel and thePrix Page America in France, and has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Edgar Award, among other awards. For many years, Ivy taught creative writing at Studio 526 in Los Angeles's Skid Row. She is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California Riverside-Palm Desert low-residency MFA program. She lives in Los Angeles.


"Incandescent... Pochoda keeps you guessing while bringing these lost souls wonderfully, intensely alive." -- People, Book of the Week

"A dizzying, kaleidoscopic thriller that refuses to let readers look away from the dark side of Southern California. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . It's the memorable characters and beautiful prose that make the novel so successful. . . . Unexpected and pitch-perfect." -- Los Angeles Times

"Audacious. . . . Each character is realized with vivid empathy. . . . A richly Californian novel, drenched in enough sunlight to illuminate the harshest of truths." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Enthralling. . . . A compassionate look at the displaced that treats each with respect and humanity." -- Associated Press

"Pochoda's steady hand and sharp eye keep all of her characters moving swiftly and gracefully through the variegated L.A. landscape." -- LitHub

"Pochoda is a masterful storyteller. . . . [She's] come up with a harmonious narrative that showcases the human condition, full of ecstasy, angst, rage, and beauty." -- Nylon Magazine

"Pochoda is a master. . . . It's not a far stretch to consider Pochoda to be in company of James Ellroy, Michael Connelly and T. Jefferson Parker. . . . It wouldn't be a big surprise to find Wonder Valley on the short list for several awards." -- BookPage

"Evoked by Pochoda in shimmering detail. . . . Absorbing, finely detailed, nasty California noir." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Pochoda has written a novel alive with empathy for the dispossessed and detailed description of the California landscape." -- Publishers Weekly

"Ambitious, absorbing. . . . Pochoda paints southern California with a vibrant brush, rendering an evocative landscape on which her desperate characters seek out redemption and rejuvenation." -- Booklist

"Pochoda takes readers places they don't often see with authenticity and clarity. . . . Vivid and sympathetic." -- Library Journal

"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 an aching dream of home that will possess and haunt you." -- Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

"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, author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye

"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