Much like her award-winning story collection Drift, Victoria Patterson’s debut novel This Vacant Paradise takes an elegant, yet unsparing stab at the glitz, glamour, and soullessness of the O.C.’s upper-middle class.
Today, three fantastic reviews explored what makes this ambitious novel a must-read and contender for one of the best debut novels of the year:
“Patterson beautifully parses the consequences of one woman’s fall in this memorable, penetrating, fully achieved novel.”
“…Patterson explores the explosive mix of money, power and sex in the posh environs of Southern California. The O.C. for grown-ups.”
“With This Vacant Paradise, it’s clear Patterson is writing in top form about a topic that fascinates her. In Esther Wilson, this author has created a portrait of an unforgettable character staring down a fork in a fancy road.”