Episode 86: Lydia Kiesling

© Andria Lo

© Andria Lo

Lydia Kiesling is a writer based in San Francisco, CA. Lydia’s debut novel, The Golden State, is a lot of things: a road trip story, an intimate portrayal of young parenthood, a portrait of a far-Northern California community, and more. In our conversation, Lydia and I talked about The Golden State, her nonfiction writing, and the relationship between the two forms. We also discussed the ephemerality of parenting experiences, the power of nostalgia, and what rural California is like. Then in the second segment, Lydia chose as her topic the lives of Marshall and Phyllis Hodgson.

(Conversation recorded February 12, 2019.)

Bonus Reading: Subscribers to the KTCO Patreon campaign can hear Lydia read an excerpt from The Golden State.