Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Golden State

Golden State
Michelle Richmond

Golden State

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads):  Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Anna Quindlen, Golden State is a powerful, mesmerizing new novel that explores the intricacies of marriage, family, and the profound moments that shape our lives.

Doctor Julie Walker has just signed her divorce papers when she receives news that her younger sister, Heather, has gone into labor. Though theirs is a strained relationship, Julie sets out for the hospital to be at her sister’s side—no easy task since the streets of San Francisco are filled with commotion. Today is also the day that Julie will find herself at the epicenter of a violent standoff in which she is forced to examine both the promising and painful parts of her past—her Southern childhood; her romance with her husband, Tom; her estrangement from Heather; and the shattering incident that led to her greatest heartbreak.

Infused with emotional depth and poignancy, Golden State takes readers on a journey over the course of a single, unforgettable day—through an extraordinary landscape of love, loss, and hope.

Review:  This started out as a very interesting book, but I thought it lost steam in the last quarter, and then the end was a bit lackluster.  I found the constant switching between the present time, earlier that morning, six months in the past, and four years or more in the past to be very confusing.  But I did like how that technique managed to uncover the past lives and emotions of the main characters.  Julie was a wonderfully sympathetic character, and I found myself rooting for a happy ending for her.

Rating: 3 stars

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