The year is 2008; the place, California. Vic Mahler, famous for having inspired cult followers in the seventies, serves time on death row, awaiting his execution in ten days. For years, his daughter, Lana, has been in hiding, but her friend Rose, a lawyer, is determined to bring the two together. Yet when Rose succeeds in tracking down Lana at a California health spa, the pair must negotiate land mines of memory in order to reconcile the past and face their futures. A story infused with pathos and wit, insight and lyricism, Lola, California "matches metaphoric wit with an American state that defies summary....A hypnotic and suspenseful tale, tightening toward an irresistible end" (Elizabeth Rosner, author of The Speed of Light).
On a road leading from California to the flagship Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Arkansas, they come across the sign.
Deceptively simple: MALTEDS, in the rickety orange handwriting you still find in the American south, usually advertising sunbeds or churches. The girls notice that there must be some agreement between sunbeds and churches because find a church and down the road two bends you find a sunbed. Vic speaks an English that still curls odd words: "These places of worship promise to clean whatever they call your soul. Then the town
A short film to give you a peek into Edie Meidav's new novel, LOLA, CALIFORNIA. Film by Snapdragon Films.