Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

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Read Wonder Valley Online Free - 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.

Title : Wonder Valley
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ISBN : 006265635X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


karen rated it ★★★★★

February 12, 2018

remember when Visitation Street came out and the world was abuzz with ivy pochoda fever? it was during a particularly robust strain of brooklynophilia in the book biz, and my otherborough self was skeptical about the need for yet another paean to brooklyn, but it was such a phenomenal achievement...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

A man is running down the Hollywood freeway, he is completely nude, seemingly without a care in the world. As the cars sit in the usual crawling traffic, another man, a man on impulse will leave his car sitting in traffic and take off running, following the naked man. This is the beginning of thi...

Cheri rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong?” Eleanor Rigby – John Lennon / Paul McCartney Shock Value. Violence. Overcrowded freeways, overcrowded lives. Living on the edge, physically, mentally, financially, and what follows...

Roxane rated it ★★★☆☆

November 22, 2017

I wanted to like this book because I love a gritty Los Angeles novel. There are so many perspectives on this city and I am always curious to see how different writers imagine it. Pochoda is an excellent writer. She is really good, perhaps too good at creating atmosphere. Whether in downtown LA, B...

Lou rated it ★★★★★

October 30, 2017

This tale starts the pace with a retrospective look on one morning in suburbia stuck in traffic whilst man running in a kind suit or lack of suit. Some fine writing within, in the thick of that first scene and has you hooked in the need to know, the undoing of the scene how did the tale get to tha...

Alena rated it ★★★☆☆

February 19, 2018

I wanted to like this book more than I did. It had great ingredients: deep, dark intersecting characters, shifting perspectives, movements in time and cold, hard truths. This is like no LA story I’ve ever read...no glitz, more down, out and lost; it was a fascinating portrait of the other side. Bu...

Diane rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 17, 2017

Although I enjoyed the ability the author provided for the reader to step into the seamy side of LA and the desert, I could not get pulled into the characters. A bit of a trudge to stick with it. I wanted so much for it to be engaging.

Jessica rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 04, 2018

This started out strong, with a man running inexplicably naked down an LA freeway during rush hour traffic and an introduction to the several people who are connected to the bizarre incident: Tony, a listless married lawyer; Britt, who escaped her past by running away to a commune; Ren, fresh out...

Mainlinebooker rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2017

Written with raw energy and palpable emotion, this gritty novel covers the disappearance of a teenage boy twin who runs away from his father's "spiritual" commune like structure, leading to exposing the stories of several other characters who are enterwined with one another.The story begins with...

Chelsea rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2017

I received this book as an ARC from Book of the Month, but in no way was my opinion influenced. This book was so wonderful. Set in current L.A it sort of gives you that Lalaland feel ( except gritty and less music). The setting is gritty and completely believable. The story weaves through our mai...

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