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Summary

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.

©2014 Michelle Richmond (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Nearly every feature of this mesmerizing novel is provocative, as Richmond explores the fragmented, hopeful lives of complex characters... Gripping, multilayered, must-read fiction." ( Library Journal)
"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...[a] riveting read." ( Booklist)

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  • DrGreene
  • 02-09-16

Timely Theme with a Very Interesting Story Timeline

Michelle Richmond is a very interesting writer who creates believable characters found in fantastic scenarios. Her writing is both entertaining and thought provoking.

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  • RueRue
  • 08-03-14

Fabulous !

What did you love best about Golden State?

I enjoyed everything about this book - the characters, the narrative, the story. Excellent narration by Kathe Mazur. She brought emotional resonance to the story. This is one of the best books I've listened to this year !

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  • Carrie Byrnes
  • 25-08-21

Really good.

I think this author isn't recognized enough. I put this on play because it was free with Plus. I usually use the freebies for playing to listen while I work. Now I wish I had used it for a proper listening. This is her second novel that I have downloaded, I also listened to The Marriage Pact. Very engaging stories and well written. I also love when authors successfully use a location as its own character. Well done!

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  • Rose Cheke
  • 06-09-17

So so

I was very hopeful after listening to The Marriage Pact. This more of a slice of life story, no mystery.

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  • kate
  • 28-07-22

not my favorite

The story which wasn't bad jumped around alot, more than most. Which made it hard to know was she thinking of the past or was it in the past.
I liked the reader's voice but it was like she was telling a bed time story so, it was too relaxing.
Maybe others loved it but just not my cup of tea.

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  • Amanda H
  • 25-07-22

Worth the listen!

I don’t typically leave many reviews on novels but this one was well worth it. The author captivated you right from the beginning and there was never a boring or low-key part of this book. I loved it.

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  • STUART J CHILTON
  • 02-07-22

Thought provoking

This is a really captivating story and truly relevant. Thoughtful and insightful. very well narrated too.

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  • Gabby
  • 04-05-22

Decent I guess?

It was hard to follow with all the back and forth of the past and present. It had decent parts but the storyline definitely dragged on. Overall wouldnt recommend

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  • Donna L
  • 28-03-22

Good free book

I liked the story and narration. Glad I listened to it. Four more words required:)

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  • Marie OLeary
  • 13-03-22

From a SF Bay Area lady

You had me until she rides on a back of a motorcycle with her crutches and then struggles the streets of SF on her crutches instead of calling for a taxi or Uber!!! That was the only part that was ridiculous and hard to reason. Just my opinion.