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California Golden

Booked for Lunch with Melanie Benjamin

Warwick’s presents
Booked for Lunch with Melanie Benjamin

California Golden

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 - 11:45am PDT

California Golden

This is a lunch event at a location near Warwick's. For reservations, contact Mary Lee at marylee@warwicks.com, drop by the store, or call (858) 454-0347 and ask for the Book Department. Benjamin will also appear in-store for a free evening event! Get more information on the in-store event HERE.

About the author: 

Melanie Benjamin is a prize-winning novelist and the New York Times bestselling author of The Children’s Blizzard, Mistress of the Ritz, The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago.

About the Book:

Southern California, 1960s: endless sunny days surfing in Malibu, followed by glittering neon nights at Whisky a Go Go. In an era when women are expected to be housewives, Carol Donnelly breaks the mold as a legendary female surfer struggling to compete in a male-dominated sport—and her daughters, Mindy and Ginger, bear the weight of Carol's unconventional lifestyle.

The Donnelly sisters grow up enduring their mother's absence—physically, when she's at the beach, and emotionally, the rare times she's at home. To escape questions about Carol's whereabouts--and to chase her elusive affection—they cut school to spend their days in the surf. From her first time on a board, Mindy is a natural, but Ginger, two years younger, feels out of place in the water.

As they grow up and their lives diverge, Mindy and Ginger's relationship ebbs and flows. Mindy finds herself swept up in celebrity, complete with beachside love affairs, parties at the Playboy Club, and a USO tour in Vietnam. Meanwhile, Ginger, desperate for a community of her own, is tugged into the dangerous counterculture of drugs and cults. But through it all, their sense of duty to each other survives, as the girls are forever connected by the emotional damage they carry from their unorthodox childhood.

A gripping, emotional story set at a time when mothers were expected to be Donna Reed, not Gidget, California Golden is an unforgettable novel about three women living in a society that was shifting as tempestuously as the breaking waves.

California Golden: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593497852
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Delacorte Press - August 8th, 2023