Valley Fever (Paperback)

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This is a must for anyone who has ever spent time in California's Central Valley. In the rich tradition that includes William Saroyan and John Steinbeck, Taylor uses incredibly familiar characters in the saga of one family-owned vineyard. While much writing of California focuses on glamour of Los Angeles, the tech world of Silicon Valley, or the natural beauty of the Sierras, she illustrates how the family farming is inexorably linked to California's economy and history. Pair with your favorite California wine.

-- Cody

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Ingrid Palamede never returns to the places she's lived. For her, "whole neighborhoods, whole cities, can be ruined by the reasons you left." But when a breakup leaves her heartbroken and homeless, she's forced to return to her childhood home of Fresno, California. Back in the real wine country, where grapes are grown for mass producers, Ingrid must confront her aging parents and their financial woes, soured friendships, and the blissfully bad decisions she made in her past. But along the way, she unearths her love for the land, her talent for harvesting grapes, and a deep fondness for and forgiveness of the very first place she ever left.

"An elegant, restrained stylist" (The New York Times Book Review), Katherine Taylor turns her keen eye to high-class, small-town life among the grapes--on the vine, or soaked in vodka--in this blisteringly funny, ferociously intelligent, and deeply moving novel of self-discovery.

About the Author

Katherine Taylor is the author of Rules for Saying Goodbye. She lives in Los Angeles.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250097248
ISBN-10: 125009724X
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English