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by Claire Vaye Watkins
A tour-de-force first novel blisters with drought, myth, and originality… The callow Luz Dunn, 25, a former model from Malibu, has hooked up with nice-guy Ray Hollis, a surfer and AWOL soldier from “the forever war.” A large swath of the United States has gone “moonscape with sinkage, as the winds came and as Phoenix burned and as a white-hot superdune entombed Las Vegas.”… Luz and Ray stumble across a strange towheaded toddler, they — gingerly — form an ersatz family. But cornered with no documentation, Ray and Luz decide to scoop up the child and hit the road, seeking a rumored desert commune ... The author freckles her fiction with incantations, odd detours, hallucinations, and jokes … The ghost of John Muir meets a touch of Terry Gilliam.
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