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Dystopian

Gold Fame Citrus

by Claire Vaye Watkins

Quick take

This strange world feels less like a fantasy than a premonition—urgently important and deeply plausible.

Why I love it

There's plenty to distinguish the dystopian California depicted in Gold Fame Citrus from the real one: the state has been evacuated by the government, its borders have been sealed, and most of its landmass has been gobbled up by a giant white sand dune. It's a sign of Watkins's enviable powers as a writer that this strange world feels less like a fantasy than a premonition'the future she's created...

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