• Golden State novel

    Golden State is coming…Feb. 4

    Golden State“Mesmerizing and intricate, Richmond’s dissection of California on the violent brink of secession from the nation provides the backdrop for her deeper inspection of the uneasy, fragile relationship between siblings.” Booklist, starred review

  • “Remembering a quote from Richmond’s protagonist is probably the best way to approach her intricate, unusual story. Julie Walker must focus and “recalibrate her world.” And so must the reader of this amazing, turbulent novel woven of disparate threads. The narrative unfolds with Julie, a doctor at the VA hospital in San Francisco. Her marriage has recently dissolved; her erratic younger sister appears, demanding Julie deliver the sister’s baby; and a hostage situation develops, involving those close to Julie. While these issues form a rich domestic drama, there is an additional wrinkle: Californians are voting on this particular day to determine whether the state will secede from the United States. Because of the demonstrations and chaos in the streets, Julie must navigate with difficulty her way to the hospital. As she attempts her journey, she recalls her earlier life during which she managed to escape the narrow confines of her youth in rural Mississippi. VERDICT Nearly every feature of this mesmerizing novel is provocative, as Richmond explores the fragmented, hopeful lives of complex characters. This is gripping, multilayered must-read fiction from the best-selling author of The Year of Fog (which was an LJ Best Book of 2007).”—Library Journal (starred review), Andrea Tarr, Corona P.L., CA

  • A powerful, riveting and heartfelt novel, an ode to San Francisco and to the fierceness of the human spirit. Ellen Sussman, NYT bestselling author of French Lessons

    “A tender portrait of loss, marriage and sisterhood, all set against a gripping backdrop sure to keep readers’ hearts in their throats as the story unfolds.” Cathy Marie Buchanan, NYT bestselling author of The Painted Girls

    “A breathtaking read and one I’ll not soon forget…” Melanie Benjamin, NYT bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and Alice I Have Been

  • “Richmond is a brave writer. When trust is shattered, she’s bold to say that forgiveness isn’t always possible. But her character is brave too, and her struggle to survive such total upheaval is an amazing read.” Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

    “Michelle Richmond, author of the unforgettable “The Year of Fog”, does it again,  and all I can say is “Merci!” Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah’s Key & The Other Story

  • “So imaginative, so heartfelt, so deftly made–a masterful braid of memory and urgency.  Richmond is in top form, and has made a book of exquisite grace.  Certain to be on everyone’s list.” Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

    “A hauntingly original, ticking time-bomb of a story… Golden State doesn’t just shine, it blazes.” Caroline Leavitt, NYT bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow & Pictures of You

    Richmond is a writer of rare vision and grace, and GOLDEN STATE is her best book yet. I couldn’t put it down.” Joshilyn Jackson, NYT bestselling author of A Grown Up Kind of Pretty & Gods in Alabama


Michelle Richmond Events

Sept. 23, Litquake Benefit Enjoy Mexican fare, end-of-summer sun, and good company at the home of Phil and Christine Bronstein. Featuring Vikram Chandra, Peter Orner, Alejandro Murguía, Jaqueline Winspear, & Michelle Richmond. Tickets, $75. Purchase here. October 13, Litquake Litcrawl Why There Are Words, Litcrawl, San …

About Michelle

Michelle Richmond was born and raised in Alabama and has made her home for more than a decade in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and young son. She is the author of the award-winning story collection The Girl …

Great books to read in 2012

Under the tree on Christmas morning, a swell stash of books that my personal Santa picked up from Green Apple Books on Clement Street in San Francisco The Jokers, by Albert Cossery I know nothing about this book, which is …

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