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Voices of a City of Gold: Stories from Oroville, California by Leslie Hale Roberts

Voices of a City of Gold: Stories from Oroville, California

by Leslie Hale Roberts

270 pages
Stark, vivid struggle of the rural Northern Californian underclass.

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About the Book
Voices of a City of Gold: Stories from Oroville, California is a collection of short stories set in rural Northern California.

The stories range from traditional narratives to crude, even offensive experimental slice-of-life vignettes. The stories are broken into four sections, framed by the ongoing adventures of Duane and Mike, two street urchins who canít stay out of their own destructive paths. Within these frames are characters and events which depict life in 21st Century Oroville; the reader will encounter retirees and shut-ins longing to participate again in the world, as well as purposeless, often abused young people left to their own.

The stories concentrate on the clash of values between people of culture and the objective, hyper-rational world of modern civilization and its relative, flexible standards. Many of these portraits are not didactic or intellect-based, but are told with simplicity, informality and with as little adornment as possible. The characters are all in some degree of crisis; all know they must act, but some simply cannot or will not break the familiar chains of their despair. The reader is cautioned that much of the language found in the book is vulgar and direct, not with an aim to belittling but to understanding the difficult lives the characters may be leading.

 

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About the Author
Long-time resident of Northeastern California, married and living with his soul mate, writer, musician, disabled athlete and outdoorsman, student of the School of Absurdity, Leslie Hale Roberts is concerned with the study of people whose ties to one another no longer work and have long since broken down.

 

 

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