This propulsive, breakout novel follows a family on the run, a restless teenage daughter hungry for the truth, and a simple DNA test that could threaten their carefully crafted world.
THIS GOLDEN STATE
by Marit Weisenberg
Flatiron Books, March 2022
Seventeen-year-old Poppy Winslow doesn’t know why her family has been running her entire life. Her beautiful, caring, mysterious parents won’t tell Poppy and her younger sister why they won’t disclose their true identities or why they move every few years. Poppy’s family is everything to her, but with each passing year, her curiosity has only grown, and she is beginning to wonder how she can have her own future when staying with her parents means giving up a normal life. When the family lands in San Francisco, Poppy comes across a DNA testing kit at school and seizes the chance to try and find out more about her family’s history. But she may not be ready for the shocking truth of her parents’ real identities or the fallout from her actions as the net tightens around the Winslow family. And now she must ask herself: how much of herself does she owe her family? And is it a betrayal to find her own place in the world?
Exploring themes of identity and privacy, love and loyalty, and the bittersweet truth that growing up means growing apart, this is an exciting new thriller.
Marit Weisenberg has a master’s degree from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies and worked as a film and television executive for a number of years. She currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two daughters. Her previous titles include Select, Select Few, and The Insomniacs.