Pasadena by David Ebershoff

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From the award-winning author of The Danish Girl and The Rose City, Pasadena tells the story of Linda Stamp, a fishergirl born in 1903 on a coastal onion farm, and the three men who change her life: her jealous brother, Edmund; Bruder, the orphan Linda’s father brings home from World War I; and a Pasadena orange rancher named Willis Poore. The novel spans Linda’s adventurous and romantic life, weaving the tales of her Mexican mother and her German-born father with those of the rural Pacific Coast of her youth and of the small, affluent city, Pasadena, that becomes her home. Pasadena is a novel of passion and history, about a woman and a place in perpetual transformation.

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About David Ebershoff

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David Ebershoff is the author of two novels, Pasadena and The Danish Girl, and a short-story collection, The Rose City. His fiction has won a number of awards, including the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Award, and has been translated into ten languages to critical acclaim. Ebershoff has taught creative writing at New York University and Princeton and is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. For many years he was the publishing director of the Modern Library, and he is currently an editor-at-large for Random House. He lives in New York City.From the Hardcover edition.
Published February 14, 2010 by Random House. 521 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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While Bruder breaks for Rosa, Linda finds herself drawn to Willis, who might have owned Condor’s Nest if not for that battlefield deal so long ago.

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Ebershoff's ongoing fascination with the details and minutiae of his various subplots—romantic and otherwise—and the Pasadena history he integrates into them slows the momentum of the romantic story line, which briefly develops some intriguing sparks after a strange incident between Bruder and Po...

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Readers of David Ebershoff's second novel, "Pasadena," might be surprised to find the classic story of Cathy and Heathcliff transported to post-World War I California.

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Entertainment Weekly

In 1944, a socially ambitious real estate speculator named Andrew Jackson Blackwood looks into buying a humble ranch on the Pacific coast.

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Ebershoff, whose novel The Danish Girl brought to life 1930s Denmark, keeps the drama aboil, even if you feel like throwing a bucket of ice water on him when he comes up with passages like "The body—once through the window Linda had seen him undress-like a roan's, strings of muscles in the thigh,...

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Austin Chronicle

After Edmund elopes with a ne'er-do-well cabaret singer, Fraulein Carlotta, and Bruder mysteriously disappears after a flood, the action shifts to the battlefields of France, circa 1918, where Bruder makes two secret pacts with two men that will change not only his and Linda's lives, but the enti...

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