California’s Over

Author: Louis B. Jones. In this uncohesive new novel, Jones (Particles & Luck, Pantheon, 1993) explores themes of decay and dysfunction that unfortunately end up afflicting his own work. Narrator Baelthon has long been involved with the family of famed poet James Farmican, who shot himself in the 1960s. Nothing in the world of the Farmicans has solid foundations, from their crumbling, condemned house to their personal relationships, which are colored by family myths, truths untold, and history denied. Each of the characters is on a quest to discover what really happened in the early 1970s, when the Farmicans were forced from their home?the storehouse of their family history. They must find the truth or a version of it to make a claim on the Farmican estate in the 1990s. Although Jones writes with style, his characters are too quirky to be convincing, and the reader wanders through the novel, never able to piece together the essential truths. Recommended only for larger collections where interest warrants.?Caroline M. Hallsworth, Cambrian Coll., Sudbury, Ontario
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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