“The Golden Gate is modeled on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. A novel in iambic pentameter might sound like an overly intellectual bore, but it’s far from it. It’s rife with pathos and acute observations about the yuppies that began descending on the Bay Area in the 1980s. And it has a real story that pulls you in as the verse pulls you along…The sonnet form allows Seth to turn on a dime from one character to another. From techie to lawyer to artist, he includes the whole modern cast of characters. You marvel at how he does it. There is not a wasted word, and his wit shines through the whole time.” Read more...
The Best San Francisco Novels