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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Richmond Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781482956931
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Dr. Julie Walker wakes on a summer morning in San Francisco to find a city in chaos. Today Californians are voting on a controversial ballot initiative that will change history. With the future of the state and the nation uncertain, the streets have erupted into violence.

Injured, Julie must make her way across the city by foot to the Veterans Administration Hospital, where her sister, recently returned from Afghanistan, is in labor. At the hospital a brutal scene is unfolding as a man who shares an intimate past with Julie begins to take his revenge. Throughout the ordeal Julie’s estranged husband, desperate for reconciliation, sends out coded messages from the radio station where he is the well-known Voice of Midnight.

Five years in the making, Golden State is both a political thriller and a meditation on marriage, love, and loyalty. Like The Year of Fog, it is a page-turner with a philosophical bent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written, Golden State is a tender portrait of loss, marriage, and sisterhood, all set against a gripping backdrop sure to keep readers’ hearts in their throats as the story unfolds.”

    Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I hadn’t read such a gripping, bittersweet, moving novel in ages. Golden State sweeps you up, whisks you away and doesn’t let you go till the very end.

    Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times bestselling author

  • Golden State is a powerful, riveting, and heartfelt novel, an ode to San Francisco and to the fierceness of the human spirit.”

    Ellen Sussman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Nearly every feature of this mesmerizing novel is provocative, as Richmond explores the fragmented, hopeful lives of complex characters. This is gripping, multilayered must-read fiction from the bestselling author of The Year of Fog.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Mesmerizing and intricate, Richmond’s dissection of a California on the violent brink of secession from the nation provides the backdrop to her deeper inspection of the uneasy, fragile relationship between siblings…An understated yet riveting read that can be recommended to fans of Jodi Picoult and Jacquelyn Mitchard.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Kathe Mazur’s measured performance of this engrossing audiobook is understated to the point of being languid…The laid-back narration may seem a risky artistic choice. However, Mazur’s control makes the chilling moments—and there are many in this ingenious novel—even more gripping…A fantastic performance.”


  • “On the day Californians cast a groundbreaking vote, a doctor is confronted with situations that compel her to contemplate her past, present, and future in Richmond’s contemporary novel…An interesting and sometimes disturbing study exploring how a person’s anticipated path can change and examining the choices people must make in order to move forward. Skillfully written.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Richmond takes readers through a bittersweet, heartwarming tale of a woman on the cusp of life-changing events in both her personal and professional lives…The reader is carried away by this action-packed, poignant story, making this a tale that will live in the hearts of the reader once the last page is read.”

    RT Book Reviews

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About the Author
Author Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, as well as the Dream of the Blue Room and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. Her stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Playboy, the Oxford American, and elsewhere. She has been a James Michener Fellow, and her fiction has received the Associated Writing Programs Award and the Mississippi Review Prize. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Michelle lives with her husband and son in San Francisco.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.