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The Newbury Center Meeting House Board and the Newbury Public Library Present:

Book Reading & Signing with Ivy Pochoda, author of the best selling mystery novel, WONDER VALLEY!


“Incandescent… Pochoda keeps you guessing while bringing these lost souls wonderfully, intensely alive.” (People, Book of the Week)

“A dizzying, kaleidoscopic thriller that refuses to let readers look away from the dark side of Southern California. . . . Impossible to put down. . . . It’s the memorable characters and beautiful prose that make the novel so successful. . . . Unexpected and pitch-perfect.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Audacious. . . . Each character is realized with vivid empathy. . . . A richly Californian novel, drenched in enough sunlight to illuminate the harshest of truths.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Enthralling. . . . A compassionate look at the displaced that treats each with respect and humanity.” (Associated Press)

“Pochoda’s steady hand and sharp eye keep all of her characters moving swiftly and gracefully through the variegated L.A. landscape.” (LitHub)

“Pochoda is a masterful storyteller. . . . [She’s] come up with a harmonious narrative that showcases the human condition, full of ecstasy, angst, rage, and beauty.” (Nylon Magazine)

“Pochoda is a master. . . . It’s not a far stretch to consider Pochoda to be in company of James Ellroy, Michael Connelly and T. Jefferson Parker. . . . It wouldn’t be a big surprise to find Wonder Valley on the short list for several awards.” (BookPage)

“Evoked by Pochoda in shimmering detail. . . . Absorbing, finely detailed, nasty California noir.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Pochoda has written a novel alive with empathy for the dispossessed and detailed description of the California landscape.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Ambitious, absorbing. . . . Pochoda paints southern California with a vibrant brush, rendering an evocative landscape on which her desperate characters seek out redemption and rejuvenation.” (Booklist)

About the Author

Ivy Pochoda grew up in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and is a former professional squash player. She is the author of The Art of Disappearing and Visitation Street. She has a BA from Harvard College in Classical Greek and an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. Ivy currently lives in downtown Los Angeles with her husband, Justin Nowell, and daughter, Loretta.