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“Beautifully wrought. A contemporary Bildungsroman with a wise and winning heroine at its heart.” –T.C. Boyle

“Johnson’s Elsewhere, California is a clear-eyed jam on class, race, and love; sassy yet searing.”
–Oscar Hijuelos, author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

“Dana Johnson’s extraordinary novel offers an arresting vision of black female identity that transcends color and class even as it reveals its continuing power in our lives. The main character, Avery, is everything at once: struggling and middle-class, black and not-quite-black-enough, sexually invisible and sexually exoticized. Avery is about as complex and compelling a heroine as I’ve read recently, and Elsewhere, California is a luminous, funny, and poignant tale that speaks directly to a whole generation raised in a state of cultural confusion.”
—Danzy Senna, author of You Are Free and Caucasia

“I love listening to Avery talk about anything and everything, from the Dodgers to the art world to neighborhood negotiations to certain brands of shorts. Here is a character with an intensely engaging voice, surrounded by an equally riveting cast, all created by a writer who knows how to make words— and people— sparkle on the page.”
—Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake