Record Details

Catalog Search

California golden : a novel  Cover Image Book Book

California golden : a novel / Melanie Benjamin.


"Southern California, 1960s: endless sunny days surfing in Malibu, followed by glittering neon nights at Whisky A-Go-Go. In an era when women are expected to be housewives, Carol Donelly is breaking the mold as a legendary female surfer struggling to compete in a male-dominated sport--and her daughters, Mindy and Ginger, bear the weight of her unconventional lifestyle. The Donnelly sisters grow up enduring their mother's absence--physically, when she's at the beach, and emotionally, the rare times she's at home. To escape questions about Carol's whereabouts--and chase their mom's elusive affection--they cut school to spend their days in the surf. From her first time on a board, Mindy shows a natural talent, but Ginger, two years younger, feels out of place in the water. As they grow up and their lives diverge, Mindy and Ginger's relationship ebbs and flows. Mindy finds herself swept up in celebrity, complete with beachside love affairs, parties at the Playboy Club, and USO tours to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Ginger--desperate for a community of her own--is tugged into the vibrant counterculture of drugs and cults. Through it all, their sense of duty to each other survives, as the girls are forever connected by the emotional damage they carry from their unorthodox childhood. A gripping, emotional story set at a time when mothers were expected to be Donna Reed, not Gidget, California Golden is an unforgettable novel about three women living in a society that was shifting as tempestuously as the breaking waves"-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593497852
  • ISBN: 0593497856
  • ISBN: 9780593725726
  • ISBN: 0593725727
  • Physical Description: 340 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2023]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-338).
Subject: Sisters > Fiction.
Women surfers > Fiction.
Ambition > Fiction.
Women > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
California, Southern > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Southern California > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.

Currently available copies

  • 33 / 50 copies available at PINES


  • 0 current holds on 50 total copies.
Find the nearest copy:
Library System: Library Branch Name
Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status  
Azalea Regional Library System:
      Monroe-Walton County Library
Send SMS Text
31056009329272 ADULT In process
Azalea Regional Library System:
      Morgan County Library
Send SMS Text
31056009322426 ADULT Available
Azalea Regional Library System:
      Stanton Memorial Library
Send SMS Text
31056009322665 ADULT Available
Bartram Trail Regional Library:
      Mary Willis Library
Send SMS Text
31004000559562 FIC In process
Cherokee Regional Library:
      Dade County Public Library
Send SMS Text
31010006915294 ADULT Checked out
Cherokee Regional Library:
      LaFayette-Walker County Library
Send SMS Text
31010006915302 ADULT Checked out
Coastal Plain Regional Library System:
      Cook County Library
Send SMS Text
31013002218796 Adult Fiction Available
Coastal Plain Regional Library System:
      Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library
Send SMS Text
ACQ-COPY-737896 ON ORDER On order
Coastal Plain Regional Library System:
      Irwin County Library
Send SMS Text
31013002207062 Adult Fiction Checked out
Conyers-Rockdale Library System:
      Nancy Guinn Memorial Library
Send SMS Text
310150030089195 NEW-BKS Checked out
Next 10 »

Additional Resources