Greetings From the Golden State

Greetings From the Golden State

A Novel

Book - 2001
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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, cansimultaneously over-and underachieving Andrew focus enough to imagine his way out of this lunatic paradise?
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt : 2001
ISBN: 9780805065640
Branch Call Number: FIC Bren
Characteristics: 278p


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