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Wonder Valley

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Destined to be a classic L.A. novel." - Michael Connelly

"Wonder Valley seethes with the vivid, searching idea of southern California. But as the intersecting journeys of hippie acolytes, restless hoods, lost boys and all manner of runaways converge, Pochoda enacts an aching dream of home that will possess and haunt you." - Smith Henderson

"A vision of Southern California that is at once panoramic and intimate. . . . This novel paints an unforgettable portrait of people who long, above all else, for community and connection." - Edan Lepucki


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Hardback Editions

November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wonder Valley: A Novel
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
ISBN: 0-06-265635-X / 978-0-06-265635-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Paperback Editions

September 2018 : Paperback
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Title: Wonder Valley
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
ISBN: 1-9996833-4-X / 978-1-9996833-4-4
Publisher: The Indigo Press
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July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wonder Valley: A Novel
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
ISBN: 0-06-265636-8 / 978-0-06-265636-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Audio Editions

November 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: Wonder Valley
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
ISBN: 1-5384-5606-0 / 978-1-5384-5606-4
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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November 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: Wonder Valley: Library Edition
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
ISBN: 1-5384-5604-4 / 978-1-5384-5604-0
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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November 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: Wonder Valley: A Novel
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
ISBN: 1-5384-5605-2 / 978-1-5384-5605-7
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Wonder Valley: A Novel
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Wonder Valley: A Novel
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wonder Valley
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
Publisher: The Indigo Press
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November 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wonder Valley: A Novel
Author(s): Ivy Pochoda
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA