“Lola, California” by Edie Meidav

I haven’t run across many books dealing with death row and the death penalty. Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song comes to mind, and more recently, Naseem Rahka’s The Crying Tree (which Meghan reviewed a few weeks ago). In Edie Meidav’s Lola, California, a daughter is estranged from her father who is currently on death row and awaiting execution in ten days. A friend, from whom she has been estranged, finds her and attempts reuniting her with her father before his execution.

I like a novel that sets readers up with mysteries about its characters and Lola, California does that right away. It is easy to tell that the friends, Lana and Rose are very close, and both seem to have deep admiration for Lana’s father Vic Mahler, a writer of some note. I started to wonder right away what would have caused such a rift between the three of them that would send them so fully away from each other and into radically different lives.

Edie Meidav gives a flavor of the themes running through the novel in her playlist for the work featured at Largehearted Boy. There are some great songs listed there! She also played along and answered some of the twenty questions that I love to pose to authors. You’ll see that here later this month.

 Read an excerpt of Lola, California, by Edie Meidav at The Outlet.

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  1. Wow, this looks really good. This is a huge hot button topic for me and something I’ve rea d a lot about. I’ll definitely check this out. I did see Meghan’s review of the Crying Tree, which I need to read also.

  2. This is not normally a topic that I would be interested in, but something about this book has drawn me to read it. I’ll be adding it to my list! Loved the video too..

  3. You are completely right. I can’t really think of a whole lot of books that deal with death row. It sounds like this one has a very compelling plot, and now I am left to wonder about how the father got there in the first place, and why it takes a friend to organize a reunion. Too good to resist, I think. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. It sounds very interesting!

  4. Wow, this looks good. Your review has definitely piqued my interest. You know me and my taste in books – do you think I’d like it?