Disobedience

Disobedience

by Michael Drinkard
     
 

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Not since Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 has there been as unsettling a fictional journey into the Southern California state of mind as Michael Drinkard's Disobedience. It is a darkly funny and unhingingly brilliant multigenerational novel set in the orange groves of Redlands, California, one that shuttles effortlessly from the late nineteenth

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Not since Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 has there been as unsettling a fictional journey into the Southern California state of mind as Michael Drinkard's Disobedience. It is a darkly funny and unhingingly brilliant multigenerational novel set in the orange groves of Redlands, California, one that shuttles effortlessly from the late nineteenth century to the day after tomorrow.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Drinkard's southern California is a semi-futuristic, Pynchonesque world where steaks are sprayed with carcinogen-blockers and people meet through video party lines. His cartoonish, postmodern multigenerational saga flips back and forth through time, from 1885, when Eliza Tibbets plants California's first navel oranges as a symbol of the fertility she so desperately wants, to the near future of her great-granddaughter's family. Mavy Tibbets, a spaced-out coven member and daughter of a notorious hard-core novelist, protects a family secret that will later feature in her disappearance or murder. Her husband, corporate climber Franklin Wells, seeks relief from the info-tech age through surfing, sex, nature and Girl Scout cookies. Meanwhile, their teenage son Aaron is suspected by the police of torching his high school. California seems like a rootless time-warp where America constantly reinvents itself. Drinkard ( Green Bananas ) delivers a lyrical, devastatingly witty commentary on alientation in our increasingly irrational, violent world, but his hermetic fantasy soon palls. (June)
Library Journal
The story of an orange grove forms the backbone of this comic epic. Progressive Californian Eliza Tibbets plants the orange grove in the 1880s. One hundred years later, the schemes of her great-granddaughter's corporate cyber-goof husband threaten to kill off the trees. The novel remote controls among three different periods of time and in the process serves up enormously funny set pieces. Viewing his characters' high-resolution lives under the microscope of his imagination, the author ( Green Bananas , Knopf, 1989) is masterful, delighting in what language and the novel can do, scene after scene. This tale ranks with the great wise-guy novels of Pynchon, DeLillo, and Berger, and, in fact, it seems somewhat more informed by human contact than those others. Recommended for all libraries.-- Brian Geary, West Seneca, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520206830
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/06/1996
Series:
California Fiction Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.85(d)

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Meet the Author


Michael Drinkard is the author of Green Bananas (1989). A native of Redlands, California, he is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University.

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