Lola, California by Edie Meidav
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The year is 2008, the place California. Vic Mahler, famous for having inspired cult followers in the seventies, serves time on death row, now facing a countdown of ten days. For years, his daughter, Lana, has been in hiding. Meanwhile, her friend Rose, a lawyer, is determined to bring the two together.

When Rose succeeds in tracking down Lana at a California health spa, the two friends must negotiate land mines of memory in order to find their future. In sharp episodes infused with pathos and wit, Edie Meidav brings her acclaimed insight and poetry to the hope of friendship, parenthood, dystopia, and the legacy of the seventies. Lola, California speaks to our contemporary crisis of faith, asking: Can we survive too much choice?

 

About Edie Meidav

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Edie Meidav is the author of The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon and Crawl Space (FSG, 2005). Winner of a Lannan Fellowship, a Howard Fellowship, the Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman, and the Bard Fiction Prize, she teaches at Bard College.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Lana's enigmatic mother, another professor, disappoints Lana by allowing her and her friend to grow apart.

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As a psychedelic, spiraled-out mystery, Lola, California relies on the self-absorption of teenage girls and an intense focus on the friendship between Lana and Rose, building suspense as to the nature of Vic’s crime and the extent to which he felt himself protected from the ramifications of what ...

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As Vic engaged with his flock, his daughter Lana came of age with a dear friend named Rose, forming their own binary relationship, the rites of a passage of mildly-privileged American teenagers set against a world of New Age argot: "Using their false names, Lola One and Two, they most often call ...

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The eponymous title refers to Lana Mahler and her best friend, Rose, who meet as teenagers and form a bond that graduates from symbiotic to alpha/supplicant (Lana as alpha).

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Red Room

Edie Meidav's Lola, California is titled after the name two girls, Lana and Rose, give themselves.

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Red Room

This winter I spent two months in Cuba with my two daughters and mate;

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Meidav uses the time jumping and changing narrator to string the reader along, slowly unveiling each character in what amounts to a striptease for the mind.

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