PASADENA, CA – Pasadena Public Library has announced its book selection for Pasadena’s 2024 One City, One Story community reading celebration: Properties of Thirst by author Marianne Wiggins.

Now in its 22nd year, One City, One Story is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature and to promote tolerance and understanding of differing points of view by recommending a compelling book that engages the community in conversation.

Properties of Thirst is a novel that is both universal and intimate. It is the story of a changing American landscape and an examination of one of the darkest periods in this country's past, told through the stories of the individual loves and losses that weave together to form the fabric of our shared history. Ultimately, it is an unflinching distillation of our nation’s essence—and a celebration of the bonds of love and family that persist against all odds.

Rockwell “Rocky” Rhodes has spent years fiercely protecting his California ranch from the LA Water Corporation. It is here where he and his beloved wife, Lou, raised their twins, and where Rocky has mourned Lou in the years since her death.

As twins Sunny and Stryker reach adulthood, the country teeters on the brink of war. Stryker decides to join the fight, deploying to Pearl Harbor not long before the bombs strike. Soon, Rocky and his family find themselves facing yet another incomprehensible tragedy.

And when the government decides to build a Japanese American internment camp next to the ranch, Rocky realizes that the land faces even bigger threats than the LA watermen he’s battled for years.

Marianne Wiggins is the author of eight novels, including John Dollar and Evidence of Things Unseen, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. She has won a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Heidinger Kafka Prize and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. She lives in Venice, Calif.

One City, One Story community programs will be held throughout the month of March, culminating in a conversation with the author on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 2 p.m., at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd.
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