Valley Fever: A Novel

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After getting her heart broken yet again, Ingrid Palamede decides to do something she swore she’d never do: she returns home to her parents in Fresno. There, wallowing in self-pity eventually gives way to her concerns about her parents’ health and finances, as well as their many acres of farmland. The longer Ingrid spends at home, the more she rediscovers just how much she loves her homeland… and how good she is at helping with the vineyards. Ingrid can’t fix everything, but perhaps she can find some measure of peace in the very first place she left behind.

Valley Fever by Katherine Taylor is a complex novel that explores themes of home, family, friends, and personal truths. Many readers will love and identify with the story’s small-town feel: characters you can’t escape, everyone knowing everyone else’s business, a landscape that quickly becomes familiar in every way. Ingrid is smart and funny, and the banter between her and other characters (especially her sister, Anne, and her former best friend, Bootsie) flows with its own special type of dry wit. This is a fantastic novel that will hook readers early and not let go.

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Author Katherine Taylor
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date 2015-Jun-09
ISBN 9780374299149
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Issue August 2015
Category Popular Fiction


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