The Owens River Aqueduct system near Los Angeles, a series of pipelines and man-made rivers that divert and transport water via gravity to the city. Photo: Corbis

Novelist Claire Vaye Watkins on world of permanent drought she imagines in American southwest

Watkins grew up in the Mojave desert, an environment that, contrary to popular belief, isn't hostile or evil but is simply indifferent to humans. Her debut novel, Gold Fame Citrus, is set in a world of permanent drought

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The Owens River Aqueduct system near Los Angeles, a series of pipelines and man-made rivers that divert and transport water via gravity to the city. Photo: Corbis
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