Ana of California

  • Released: June 30th, 2015
  • Penguin Books
  • Paperback; 368 pages
  • ISBN 9780143126492

A novel by Andi Teran.


A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables

In the grand tradition of Anne of Green GablesBridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.

When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.

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“Andi Teran’s first novel is vivid and fully realized, an entire universe expertly condensed into the pages you hold in your hands. Ana herself is a complicated delight, and by the end of the book I wanted to scoop her up into my arms.”
Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers

“What is so memorable about this novel is the reminder that happiness is a choice, a courageous and daring opportunity to express love for the things we value. At the outset we learn that Ana Cortez is an orphan, but as we live with her during one particular summer on Garber Farm we witness the creation of family before our eyes, and admire the passion, humility and valor of one of the most tender-hearted characters in literature today—a jewel of a book.”
Mario Alberto Zambrano, author of Lotería

Anne of Green Gables fans will rejoice; newcomers will find a satisfying tale; and Ana’s high jinks will leave both types of readers smiling and asking for more.”
Kirkus Reviews

Debut fiction author Teran’s contemporary reimagining of Anne of Green Gables brilliantly captures the essence of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic story of a girl who will win your heart with her well-meaning imperfections. Highly recommended.”
—Library Journal

“Fans of Montgomery’s series will appreciate nods to blackberry bushes, Ana’s uncontrolable mouth, and the farm setting, but not recognizing these references wil not hinder other readers’ enjoyment … Ana’s budding friendship with Rye Moon…is one of the most enjoyable elements to the story. Readers will appreciate the references to music, books, and art, and the way shared artistic interests can bring people together.”
—Publishers Weekly

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