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Lydia Kiesling

Biography

Lydia Kiesling

Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions. Her essays and criticism have appeared at outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Slate, and The New Yorker online and have been recognized in Best American Essays 2016. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

Lydia Kiesling

Books by Lydia Kiesling

by Lydia Kiesling - Fiction, Motherhood, Women's Fiction

In Lydia Kiesling’s razor-sharp debut novel, THE GOLDEN STATE, we accompany Daphne, bucking under the weight of being a single parent, she flees her sensible but strained life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her toddler. Daphne takes refuge in a mobile home left to her by her grandparents in hopes that the quiet will bring clarity. Among others, she meets Cindy, a neighbor who is active in a secessionist movement, and befriends the elderly Alice, who has traveled to Altavista as she approaches the end of her life. When her relationships with these women culminate in a dangerous standoff, Daphne must reconcile her inner narrative with the reality of a deeply divided world.