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ABOUT
THE BOOK

“Rocky” Rhodes has spent years fiercely protecting his California ranch from the LA Water Corporation. It is where he and his wife Lou raised their twins, Sunny and Stryker, and it where Rocky has mourned Lou since her death. When the government decides to build an internment camp next to the ranch, Rocky realizes that the land faces even bigger threats than the LA watermen. Complicating matters is the fact that the Department of the Interior man assigned to build the camp, who only begins to understand the horror of his task after it may be too late, becomes infatuated with Sunny and entangled with the Rhodes family.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Marianne
Wiggins

Marianne Wiggins is the author of eight novels, including John Dollar and Evidence of Things Unseen, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. She has won a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Heidinger Kafka Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She lives in Venice, California.

Marianne Wiggins is the author of eight novels, including John Dollar and Evidence of Things Unseen, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. She has won a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the Heidinger Kafka Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She lives in Venice, California.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This is a Bildungsroman that covers several generations of a family, some of whose origins are in the eastern part of the United States, but eventually take root in the western part, specifically California, on a sprawling ranch that has its existence perpetually challenged by the L.A. Water Corporation. The patriarch, Rocky Rhodes, has a twin sister, who, herself is a solidifying force in running the ranch. Rocky and his wife give birth to twins, who are not filled with that same sense of purpose, duty and commitment. The bombing of Pearl Harbor is a monumental turning point for the United States and for the Rhodes family when a Japanese American internment camp is built adjacent to the ranch. Marianne Wiggins has created a vast array of characters whose personalities, motivations and interactions are both troubling and surprising as they encounter the challenges of war, ecological damage, malfeasance, greed, personal tragedies and a reckoning with what cannot be remade or recovered. The novel is a Bildungsroman, but also a work of historical fiction with a robust complexity that is as incisive and probing as any major Greek or Shakespearean tragedy.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
02/08/2022
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
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