Malibu Rising: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Reid, Taylor Jenkins
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Sagas
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: June 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 9.17in x 6.35in x 0.99in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Malibu 1983. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of one night, each of their lives will be changed forever in this propulsive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six.

Malibu is buzzing with anticipation for Nina Riva's annual party. Everyone wants to be in the company of the famous Rivas: Nina, the surfer and model; her brothers, Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other his renowned photographer; and Kit, the adored baby of the family. As if that picture-perfect family isn't enough, their father is Mick Riva, the legendary singer.

By morning, the Riva mansion will have burned to the ground. And no one will know how the fire started. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play and the loves and secret yearnings that shaped this family across generations will all come bubbling to the surface to make for a night no one will ever forget.

This is a story about family: about what you choose to keep from the people who made you, and what you must leave behind.

"Reid's descriptions of Malibu are so evocative that readers will swear they feel the sea breeze on their faces or the grit of the sand between their toes. The Rivas have a believable sibling dynamic, and the family members are complex and delightfully flawed (especially Mick, whose bad decisions reverberate throughout the novel). . . . A compulsively readable story about the bonds between family members and the power of breaking free." -Kirkus Reviews

"Reid unfurls a fast-paced and addictive story of a group of celebrity siblings in Malibu. Reid's handling of the various arcs is impressive. . . . Page-turning indulgence hits the spot." -Publishers Weekly

"[Taylor Jenkins] Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines." -The Washington Post

"Heart-wrenching and utterly compelling, Malibu Rising is a story about the fierce bonds between four fascinating siblings. The novel immerses us in a glamorous, star-studded world but at its heart it's full of raw human emotion. Its characters felt completely real to me - each one is flawed and messy and impossible not to love." -Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare

"The term 'beach read' is sometimes looked at askance, but when applied to Taylor Jenkins Read's new novel [Malibu Rising], it's the ultimate compliment." -Vogue

"[Malibu Rising] lives up to the expectations. . . . Full of sunshine and surfing, nostalgia and nuanced family dynamics, we're California dreaming of seeing this one adapted into a limited series ASAP." -E!Online

"It's a must read." -Parade Magazine

"Propulsive." -Good Housekeeping

"Simmering with sexual tension, this hugely enjoyable ensemble narrative turns on a raucous party thrown by the messed-up celebrity offspring of a philandering hit singer in Reagan-era California. . . . A glitzy tale with the moreish allure of a 1980s bonkbuster." -Daily Mail

"Malibu Rising will be the sought-after book of the summer." -Booklist (starred review)

"There's an impeccable sense of balance in Taylor Jenkins Reid's Malibu Rising, a natural order in which every action meets its equal and opposite reaction. . . . Reid's sense of pacing is sublime as she introduces and dispenses with a revolving door of characters to approximate the chaos of a rager where sloshed A-listers couple up in the closets and waiters pass trays of cocaine. . . . It's not a spoiler to say that this will all end in a blaze." -The Washington Post

"If summer could somehow fit into a book, then you'd find it in Malibu Rising." -Oprah Daily

"Another bona fide hit . . . a decadent family drama. . . . Malibu Rising is packed with plenty of scintillating scandal, but Reid cultivates real empathy for her characters, who form the tender heart that beats at the novel's core and are its greatest achievement. Malibu Rising is a juicy, irresistible book that will sweep readers away." -BookPage

"Pure exhilaration." -The Times (UK)

"Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a multifaceted perspective on family, love, fame and what it takes to start over. . . . Malibu Rising is a fast-paced story that explores what it takes to be a parent, with all its intricacies. At its core, it is about how you can love someone with all your heart and still mess up horribly. What matters, in the end, is that you commit to loving them, you show up each time and you try to do better." -The Nerd Daily

"The novel is messy, scandalous, entertaining, and fast-paced, like a reality show on paper." -Apartment Therapy

"Jenkins Reid has lost none of her touch. . . . The titular setting is a stroke of genius, for decades of brand appropriation have conditioned even hardened cynics to associate Malibu with carefree glamour. . . . Imagine Blue Water High and Selling Sunset had a lovechild, or Jackie Collins rewrote The O.C., then combine these ingredients with warm, propulsive storytelling, and you'll get an inkling of this family saga's escapist magic. . . . Jenkins Reid sweeps us along on a riptide of emotion and well-paced tension. Malibu Rising is both immersive and relaxing, as every great beach read should be. . . . Malibu Rising is a love song to surf culture and an evocative but not rose-tinted portrait of 1980s hedonism in a much-mythologised city. With its satisfying narrative arc, clear messages and pinup cast, it has (Witherspoon?) screen adaptation written all over it." -The Evening Standard

"Unapologetically escapist beach-read fiction." -The Sunday Times

"The perfect, literal, beach read, with the emotional depth of the ocean. I was such a fan of Daisy Jones and this certainly didn't disappoint." -Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?

"It's a full on escapist delight." -Stylist

"Thank you Taylor Jenkins Reid for the escapism we all need-sex-on-the-beach cocktail (quite literally) of a book." -Pandora Sykes, author of How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

"Think Selling Sunset with knobs on as Taylor Jenkins Reid again plunges us into the intoxicating, heat-heavy realm of intrigue of Malibu, this time amidst the world of the filthy rich." -BBC News 

"Set in 1980s California, this hedonistic novel is about one unforgettable night for the Riva family. . . . we already know this is going to be a page-turner." -Hello!

"[A] punchy and incisive take on fame and its consequences, from the sympathetic characters to the salty surf atmosphere." -Daily Mail
Biographical NoteTAYLOR JENKINS REID is the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do and Forever, Interrupted. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their daughter and their dog.