Alfred Hayes, a Brit who moved to the United States as a child and never quite assimilated, wrote of men whom Hollywood had failed — an experience Hayes knew all too well.
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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Alfred Hayes writes with excruciating irony in The End of Me.

"A Children's Bible" author Lydia Millet is a longtime environmentalist who works at the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson.
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Lydia Millet’s Unapologetically Apocalyptic "A Children’s Bible"

In her newest book, the author examines the end of the world from the perspective of children who never got a chance to try and save it. 

How Much of These Hills Is Gold author C Pam Zhang.
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C Pam Zhang Reinvents the West

Forget everything you think you know about California. How Much of These Hills Is Gold upends Old West tropes and Golden State assumptions.

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Three Questions with Rishi Reddi

What does it mean to write a story about immigration in our current political climate? The results of the 2016 ...

Passage West reimagines a forgotten piece of California’s past—that of South Asian agricultural workers in the Imperial Valley during the early decades of the last century.
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California Dreaming

Rishi Reddi’s novel, Passage West, explores an underrepresented narrative.

In his new novel, The Lucky Star—which completes the “transgender trilogy”—William T. Vollmann goes back to the future and revisits San Francisco’s Tenderloin.
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William T. Vollmann Is Not a Voyeur

The author’s latest novel returns to the lower depths of San Francisco.

In Verge, her first collection of short stories, novelist and memoirist Lidia Yuknavitch charts a territory marked by resilience and a sense of exile.
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Lidia Yuknavitch Takes Us from the Outside In

With the stories in Verge, the Oregon-based author finds common ground between beauty and brutality.

Anna Dorn’s Vagablonde finds its roots deep in the demimondes of Southern California.
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Anna Dorn’s Quintessentially Californian Saga

In Vagablonde, her debut novel, the author tracks a fantasy life gone off the rails.

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The Priest’s Wife: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

In this excerpt from The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast: New and Selected Stories by John L’Heureux, a priest’s wife moves among mountains. 

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