The lives of six characters, each running from some desperate chapter in their lives, intersect against the sun-bleached canvas of Los Angeles in Ivy Pochoda’s new novel, Wonder Valley. Pochoda takes the reader from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific, from the 110 to Skid Row, in a story where place is its own character. Wonder Valley was named an NPR Best Book of 2017, a Los Angeles Times Best Fiction Pick, a Refinery29 Best Book of the Year, and a BOLO Books Top Read of 2017. Pochoda is the author of two other novels, The Art of Disappearing and Visitation Street.
Pochoda grew up in Brooklyn. She has a BA from Harvard College and an MFA from Bennington College and was a world ranked squash player. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at the Lamp Arts Studio in Skid Row.
“Incandescent… Pochoda keeps you guessing while bringing these lost souls wonderfully, intensely alive.”- People, Book of the Week. “A dizzying, kaleidoscopic thriller. . .. Impossible to put down.” – Los Angeles Times.