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California's Over : A novel
California's Over A novel
Author: Louis B. Jones
ISBN-13: 9780679423348
ISBN-10: 0679423346
Publication Date: 8/19/1997
Pages: 329
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Publisher: Pantheon
Book Type: Hardcover
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California's Over leads us down an unmarked road to the coast and then deep into the rotten, labyrinthine house where James Farmican, the famous poet, shot himself to death years ago, leaving behind a legacy of adulation and bankruptcy. Now his family is leaving, and the young narrator - who calls himself Baelthon - has been hired to haul the furniture onto the lawn and sort through the attic and basement. But as Baelthon excavates, he also discovers layers of family myster and comedy and cruelty, all of it piled too deeply for anyone to sort out: the unexplained dissapearance of Farmican's ashes, the unfinished novel that may actually be his suicide note, the opera about cannibalism that his son is writing to rescue himself from obscurity, and, finally the family's migration to the Nevada desert to claim their inheritance.