Wonder Valley (Pochoda)

Wonder Valley 
Ivy Pochoda, 2017
336 pp.

When a teen runs away from his father’s mysterious commune, he sets in motion a domino effect that will connect six characters desperate for hope and love, set across the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles.

From the acclaimed author of Visitation Street, a visionary portrait of contemporary Los Angeles in all its facets, from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific, from the 110 to Skid Row.

During a typically crowded morning commute, a naked runner is dodging between the stalled cars.  The strange sight makes the local news and captures the imaginations of a stunning cast of misfits and lost souls …

♦ 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 harboring 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 a swirling mix of angst, violence, heartache, and yearning—a masterpiece by a writer on the rise. (From the publisher.)

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