ABOUT THE AUTHOR J.D. Kleinke wrote That Golden Shore while living, surfing, teaching yoga, and playing music in Half Moon Bay and Encinitas, California. That Golden Shore is the sequel to Dudeville, J.D.'s coming-of-middle-age ...
Author: J.D. Kleinke
Publisher: Belgrave House
What happened to the California dream? Was it consumed by fire? Swept away in a mudslide? Or was it just lost in soul-crushing traffic? That Golden Shore is a bittersweet love letter to the Golden State in slow-motion apocalypse, a tragi-comic caravan of aging rock stars and yoga gurus, surf punks and besieged immigrants, washouts from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and the professional surf tour. It charts the odd collisions of history, culture, and spirituality that have seduced people to California for centuries: its lore and landscapes; its fragile, vanishing, impossible beauty; the mad frustrations of trying live in a place collapsing under the weight of its own mythology. In That Golden Shore, a working musician holed up in an off-the-grid beach town failing into the ocean gives us a stage-eye view of the tribal power of music, the healing power of surfing, and the enduring, redemptive power of landscape.