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July 31, 2021

These five books could not be more different from one another, but they undeniably confirm why California is such a fertile setting for fiction. (Note: this week’s subject line is the state motto.) Be it a small-town story of a family in logging country, a multigenerational immigrant saga, a dynamic short story collection from an Asian American writer, or different takes on Hollywood, selected here is a variety of narratives for readers who want to take a trip to the West Coast. You might discover unfamiliar communities and cultures, but the unforgettable characters are universal in their appeal.

Happy reading,
Melanie Fleishman
Buyer, The Center for Fiction Bookstore