Gold Fame Citrus

Gold Fame Citrus is a 2015 speculative fiction novel by Claire Vaye Watkins.[1] It is her second book, but her first novel.[2] The work received positive reviews.[3][4]

Gold Fame Citrus
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AuthorClaire Vaye Watkins
CountryUnited States
PublisherRiverhead Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)


The novel is set in a near-future dystopian California ravaged by extreme drought. The landscape of the Southwest is increasingly dominated by the rapidly expanding, ever shifting sands known as the Amargosa Dune Sea. Luz Dunn is a 25 year old former model squatting in Los Angeles, where it has not rained for years. At birth, Luz was symbolically adopted by the Bureau of Conservation, who used "Baby Dunn" as a propaganda tool to garner public support for water infrastructure expansion efforts and evacuations. Luz and her boyfriend Ray kidnap Ig, a neglected toddler about two years old.[1]


  1. ^ a b St. John Mandel, Emily (2 October 2015). "'Gold Fame Citrus,' by Claire Vaye Watkins". New York Times. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ O'Neal, Lauren (5 October 2015). "The Death of the California Dream". Slate. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ Bengal, Rebecca (29 September 2015). "A Vivid New Novel Takes On the California Drought: Claire Vaye Watkins Talks Gold Fame Citrus". Vogue. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  4. ^ Sheehan, Jason. "'Gold Fame Citrus' Holds Fear In A Handful Of Dust". Retrieved 2017-03-10.