The hot, dry setting is palpable. I loved Wonder Valley from the opening scene where the traffic is driving everyone crazy. It brings back memories of the opening scene of LaLaLand – maybe the defining setting of modern day California – stuck in traffic… and what “being stuck” drives people to do…. Each of Pochoda’s characters are driven to their personal edges, and then what happens when their lives intersect is even more charged. A great read, with edgy language and imagery, I recommend this book highly.