Fiction

  • Phantoms author Christian Kiefer says he’s attracted to writing about “folks who are broke and/or disenfranchised from the system.”
    JESSICA NEWHAM
    FICTION

    Onward, Christian’s Soldiers

    - "Phantoms", a new novel from Christian Kiefer, exorcises past crimes and confronts current issues against the backdrop of two wars.
Chia-Chia Lin’s The Unpassing is an unvarnished story of an immigrant family that lives up to the nuanced ambiguity of its title.
F. YANG
FICTION

Chia Chia Lin’s ‘The Unpassing’

Dreams, danger, and tragedy await a family of immigrants to Alaska in The Unpassing, the highly anticipated debut novel of Chia-Chia Lin.

Karl Marlantes drew upon his experiences growing up in an Oregon logging town and working in commercial fishing to write [em]Deep River[/em].
DEVON MARLANTES
FICTION

Karl Marlantes’s ‘Deep River’

From steam donkeys to whistle punks, Karl Marlantes’s Deep River is a sweeping tale of Finnish immigrants who felled the forests of the Pacific Northwest at the start of the 20th century.

“The Golden State” by Lydia Kiesling
FICTION

Not Everything Turns to Gold

Lydia Kiesling’s sharp debut explores the underside of rural California

"Tree" author Melina Sempill Watts.
CHANGE THE WORLD BOOKS
FICTION

‘Tree:’ The Life Story of a Live Oak

A 229-year-old live oak tells of its life among the Chumash people, Spanish explorers, Californios and the denizens of present-day Los Angeles

Author Lucia Berlin, 1963, in Albuquerque, N.M.
BUDDY BERLIN/LITERARY ESTATE OF LUCIA BERLIN
FICTION

‘Evening in Paradise’

It’s tricky to look back posthumously at a writer. So many factors — the substance of her fiction, say, or ...

"There There" by Tommy Orange, 278 pages, Knopf, $25.95.
FICTION

Fall Book Picks

Alta’s partners at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena recommend books by California authors and on California subjects, with reviews by Vroman's (well-read) staff members.

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.
CHLOE AFTEL
FICTION

Women in Prison

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.