Edie Meidav


First published in Zyzzyva
"This gorgeous, audacious novel goes far beyond a story of two girls… Meidav is an American original." — Anne Trubek In this Northern Californian dystopia, two girlfriends meet again in adulthood. Their encounter might change the fate of the famous cult father of one of them, now awaiting his end on death row.
An exploration of the mind of evil and France. "He is quite a creation indeed, this aging anti-Quixote with his residual windmills to tilt at." -- Thomas Kenneally, The Washington Post
An epic, intimate novel in which a blundering westerner goes east. "Complex, imaginative."
–Chitra Divakaruni, L.A. Times

"I always dream of a pen that would be a syringe."

Carolyn Cooke and Edie Meidav after reading at A Great Good Place for Books

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In this intense and tumultuous tale, Meidav adeptly limns the dark and sinuous obsessions of friendship with penetrating insights.

"When you get down to it, no one ever sees anyone truly," says Vic Mahler, former college professor/​charismatic leader and current Death Row inmate. "Tell me I'm wrong." This fabulous follow-up to Meidav's "Crawl Space" plunges us headlong into the blind spot where loved ones lose sight of one another. Meidav is deeply wise about people, with an uncanny, near-clairvoyant empathy for a wild range of characters. Her forensics of the first love between two teenagers, the Lolas, will ring true to everyone who has ever visited the turbulent dreamland of California, or come of age in tandem with a best friend. Music pulses through every line of Meidav's seductive, feverishly beautiful novel.
—Karen Russell

Contrary to the suggestive cover, title, and product description, this will not appeal to fans of chick lit or genre suspense thrillers. This is more in tune with Martin Amis or Salman Rushdie, with a peppering of TC Boyle and Dan Chaon. Muscular, sweat-producing, and erudite, the satisfaction of reading these pages rests on the reader's consent to capitulate control of predetermined ideas and conceptions and enter into a contract with the author, giving Meidav permission and authority to rule the aesthetic jurisdiction, and to accede to the flow, command, and demand of its prose.
- Betsey van Horn

Edie Meidav makes sentences perform like a snake charmer's snakes in this meditation on friendship, parenthood, and of course California.
-- Luc Sante

Edie Meidav's LOLA,CALIFORNIA captures an entire era of complex America, a swath of cultural time, with such amazing detail and crisp observation, even as she plumbs the depths of what it is to be a daughter, a friend, a profound searcher.
– Bradford Morrow

A clock-ticking thriller and a maximal social novel.
—San Francisco Weekly

Meidav captures the self-indulgence of adolescent friendship and the tension underlying familial bonds, languidly teasing out the surprising secrets of the past.
-- The New Yorker


Kingdom of the Young - collection of fiction/​nonfiction, 2017, by Sarabande Books
April 4, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck
April 5, Bard College Written Arts
April 6, UMass Amherst MFA Visiting Writers Series
April 11, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia
April 12, Center for Fiction with Dana Johnson
April 13, McNally Jackson with Cal Morgan
April 15-20 San Francisco Bay Area

Teaching long-term in the UMass Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers program

A judge for the NBCC Leonard, Juniper, Howard, PEN/​Bingham prizes

Taught summer 2016 Writers Workshop at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers

NBCC blog - Second Thoughts series, curated by Dan Akst- on Catcher in the Rye

'On the Mourning After' in LitHub
'Romance' in the fall 2015 issue of Conjunctions
'King of Bubbles' in the spring 2015 issue of The Common
Cuban and Latin American fiction: "The Buddha of the Vedado", "Dog's Journey" and "From the Dung Beetle's Perspective" in recent or upcoming issues of Conjunctions
Nonfiction "Cuba+Kids-Water" and "The Dead Ones" in recent issues of Zyzzyva
Abe's Penny, Brooklyn-based literary journal distributed via postcards: 4-part piece published in conjunction with photography
Interview with Leela Corman for The Millions