The Golden State

The Golden State

In Lydia Kiesling?s razor-sharp debut novel, The Golden State, we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, as she flees her sensible but strained life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her toddler, Honey. Bucking under the weight of being a single parent?her Turkish husband is unable to return to the United States because of a ?proc In Lydia Kiesling?s razor-sharp debut novel, The Golden State, we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of...

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Title:The Golden State
Author:Lydia Kiesling
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Genres:Fiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Golden State Reviews

  • Colleen
    Sep 07, 2018
    My thoughts on this brilliant, challenging, innovative novel are not yet fully formed but will eventually be impossible to contain in a space as small as this text box. For now, I'll say that this work is a high-water mark in the canon of motherhood books. And yet, to reduce it to ...
  • Melissa
    Oct 31, 2018
    It doesn?t actually take this long to read - I just managed to lose the galley for a while. This is a really spare but intimate novel about a woman grieving for circumstances that are beyond her control - her husband has been deported back to Turkey due to shady federal immigrati...
  • Elyse Walters
    Nov 09, 2018
    Library overdrive Audiobook....read by Amanda Dolan This novel might have been good... Parts were engaging... But MOSTLY... I was exhausted- drained - and agitated. Let me try to explain... I ?did? admire the prose - FOR AWHILE - Wearing a puzzled semi- smile ... I ?di...
  • Laura
    Nov 01, 2018
    Have I ever read a book like this? I mean, a book that really understands and dignifies the daily mixture of work and boredom that comes from spending your day with a toddler? I don't think I have. I always get annoyed by kids who get paraded around in books or on television as conveni...
  • Alexandra Sweet
    Jun 16, 2018
    This is the first book where I've taken photos of the pages because Lydia Kiesling's writing so perfectly captures the experience of parenting (so loving, so tedious, so constant) that I have returned to the images on my phone to laugh or sigh or cry. ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Nov 20, 2018
    DNF. This book is boring me, so gotta bail. Taking care of a toddler can be brief moments of joy interspersed among frustrating and tedious days. Reading almost 300 pages about it even more so. There are some other political issues highlighted in the book, but there?s just not enough...
  • Trixie Fontaine
    Oct 02, 2018
    Love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love. That's all I want to say right now. ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Nov 13, 2018
    This profound and insightful debut novel is ALL about the voice, with stream-of-consciousness prose that?s so sharp and wry. I think some readers may struggle with it. I loved it. Daphne is in the midst of a crisis and needs to escape. Her husband has been stuck in Turkey for eigh...
  • Diane Yannick
    Oct 26, 2018
    I?ve been trying too many debut authors. I need to go back to my reliable favorites for a bit. The minutiae of parenting was described in detail. Way too much detail for me. Too many diapers, cheese sticks and tantrums. If you?re really nostalgic for your wee 16 month old, this cou...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Aug 15, 2018
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ ?This is my house, ? I say aloud, and everything in the house contradicts me, down to its dubious foundation. It is to this house in the desert of Altavista with her baby girl Honey that Daphne flees, leaving behind her work a...
  • Mary Robinson
    Jul 29, 2018
    While I enjoyed the plot and character development in "The Golden State" by Lydia Kiesling, the first few chapters were tough reading as I adapted to the author's style (lack of punctuation (particularly commas), run on sentences, stream of conscious narrative). The intensely told stor...
  • Autumn
    Oct 08, 2018
    I saw a review of this book that said they didn?t like the stream of consciousness or lack of punctuation. This made me laugh because that?s exactly why people love ULYSSES. In many ways, this book is like ULYSSES. It?s nine days in the life of a 30-something who?s trying to ju...
  • Judy
    Nov 09, 2018
    Let me start by saying that I adored this novel. I have spent more time thinking about how to review it than I did reading it. (It was compulsively easy to read.) During the days I spent thinking about what I wanted to say, I have gone out to lunch, picked up new glasses, had dinner...
  • Bailey
    Oct 30, 2018
    I was so undecided on this one most of the way through - it's more literary than what I usually read and enjoy, but at the same time it cuts through to some issues that are pressing (the banal horror of immigration issues) and endlessly fascinating/horrifying (the State of Jefferson ba...
  • Susie | Novel Visits
    Aug 24, 2018
    {My Thoughts} What Worked For Me Kiesling Nailed New Motherhood ? The Golden State is Daphne?s story and one of the many things you should know about Daphne is that she?s the mother of a 16-month old. She adores her daughter, Honey, but she?s also been going it completely alo...
  • Paltia
    Oct 13, 2018
    Too many things going on in this story that I simply couldn?t relate to or with. I?m at a loss as to what made this read so boring. All those details about her job, the baby?s puke on her shirt, not wanting to shave her pubic hair. Endless minutiae that feels like a dog biting it...
  • Beth Roberts
    Aug 20, 2018
    This book is really attempting a lot of different things and I'm having trouble piecing it together from what it wanted to be into what it actually came off to me as. Here is what I know: 1. We have Daphne and her baby, Honey. Daphne is married to Engin, who is a Turk and through...
  • Tyler Goodson
    May 16, 2018
    The Golden State is a novel of sparse landscape and deep emotion. When Daphne and her baby drive to the high desert of Northern California, they are alone in a way that feels enervating and dangerous. Daphne is written with such a strong sense of feeling, it inevitably carries over to ...
  • Jan
    Nov 27, 2018
    There's a lot going on here--primarily the tedium, joy and primordial anxiety of early parenthood, but also things like the bureaucratic absurdities that befall a character caught up in US immigration laws, rural Westerners feuding with the Feds, and the toll of accumulated grief. The ...
  • Lisa Eckstein
    Sep 16, 2018
    Daphne is having a tough day at her university job, faced with responding to the death of a student abroad, when she decides to pack up and leave. Her life already contains as much stress as she can handle, because she's parenting her toddler solo after her husband's deportation to Tur...
  • Jim
    Sep 21, 2018
    Imagine if Holden Caulfield was a late twenty-something woman with a baby. Or... "On The Road" but with a baby in the backseat. Or... Imagine if the narrator from "Notes From Underground" meandered about and gave introspective detail and all the while was feeding, caring, cleaning,...
  • Barbara
    Nov 24, 2018
    ?The Golden State? is a literary tale of a mother on the lam. Author Lydia Kiesling provides the reader with authentic feelings of a mother of a toddler; a working mother who is examining whether her work or staying with her child is most important. And then there are those insec...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Oct 17, 2018
    Kiesling did not come to play. If her aim was to evoke the tedium and bright love of parenting, the infernal frustration of dealing with racist and Islamophobic bureaucracy, the stomach-dropping feeling of complicity in hazy situations, she has nailed it. I love novels where the plot i...
  • Chris Roberts
    Sep 06, 2018
    "Desolation Soundtrack" = Bad Jack Kerouac stream of consciousness = Cloaked night savagely come, next day exhaling century - every false step a blooding = One-star. Advice to said author: To write a novel, you must destroy your ego, mythical hero in your new identity. Chris Robe...
  • Mattia Ravasi
    Sep 28, 2018
    Video review Splendidly crafted portrait of a stressed mind going through a breakdown. Terrible advertisement for the actual Golden State. ...
  • Samantha
    Oct 01, 2018
    It would be easy--too easy--to call The Golden State (TGS) "'On The Road ' (OTR), but with a baby." And while both books are, ostensibly, about traveling without a destination (so to speak), OTR has the luxury of being by a man, about men, and therefore, free from the burden of the unk...
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    Sep 14, 2018
    DNF at 3% I immediately didn?t like the writing style?it was wordy, overly descriptive, and full of run-on sentences. I knew pretty quickly I wouldn?t be able to tolerate 300 pages of it. ...
  • Michael
    Nov 27, 2018
    Set in the High Desert of California, The Golden State explores the emotional trials of early motherhood. The novel, written in the stream of consciousness mode, centers on the inner life of Daphne Nielsen, a new mother who suffers a nervous breakdown at the novel's start and flees her...
  • Margot
    Nov 16, 2018
    Kiesling effectively captures the monotony of mothering a small child and life in a waning rural community, too effectively perhaps because the result is a prety dull story. Other plot elements - immigration issues, rural politics, a mysterious crone character -- aren't enough to liven...
  • Samantha
    Sep 14, 2018
    i just very, very deeply loved everything about this book and its often desperate, often sweet, often lonely portrayal of motherhood and expectations and love and loss. ...