This gorgeous, audacious novel goes far beyond a story of two girls… Meidav is an American original.
— Anne Trubek
"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.
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
Teaching long-term in the UMass Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers program
Teaching in the summer 2016 Writers Workshop at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers
Co-judging 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize
'Questions of Travel' in American Literary Review
NBCC blog - Second Thoughts series, curated by Dan Akst- on Catcher in the Rye
'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