Titel: Greetings from the Golden State: A Novel
Verlag: Henry Holt and Co., US
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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A deftly satirical first novel chronicling thirty-two years in the life of a spectacularly dysfunctional California family.
Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, Vietnam, and the Kennedy assassination, Andrew Kelbow's idyllic life in the San Fernando Valley -- all swimming pools and tennis lessons, Technicolor and Formica, Stingray bikes and Mexican cleaning ladies -- is disrupted one day when his entertainment-lawyer father leaves his mother under a cherry tree in the Mojave desert.
How do the Kelbows handle such upheaval in the years that follow? In denial, mostly: they're pathologically happy-go-lucky, chronically unengaged. Gastronomic, nuptial, seismic, musical, and cinematic diversions, along with a healthy dose of illicit drug use, gambling, truancy, and political activism, keep the family functioning -- but barely. As the Kelbow family pushes the fine line between the Eastern notion of living in the moment and the California hedonism of instant gratification, can simultaneously over-and underachieving Andrew focus enough to imagine his way out of this lunatic paradise?
"Leslie Brenner is an original with a true comic vision: She has the knack of transforming the most ordinary details of modern life, with hilarious deadpan poignancy. Everything is both recognizable and estranged in this lopsided fairy tale of the pursuit of happiness and culinary satisfaction. The prose is good enough to eat."
--Phillip Lopate, author of Portrait of My Body
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