The Ruins of California (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 2, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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For the Ruin family in 1970s California, as described by the precocious young Inez, life is complex. Her father, Paul, is self-obsessed, intrusive, and brilliant. He's also twice divorced, leaving Inez to bounce between two worlds and embracing neither-that of Paul's bohemian life in San Francisco and the more sedate world of her mother Connie, a Latin bombshell who plays tennis and attends EST seminars in the suburbs. As Inez progresses through high school we are witness to a remarkable family saga that renders a strange and fascinating slice of America in transition-one like the Ruins of California themselves, at once bold and innocent, creative and chaotic, obsessed and liberating.


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She is a lovely writer. - Goodreads
The weird Ruin family stars in this quirky page turner. - Goodreads
I loved the writing here. - Goodreads
Still, good writing and I would read her other books. - Goodreads
My main issue with the book was the ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

Coming of age novel in 1970's California. The weird Ruin family stars in this quirky page turner. Read full review

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User Review  - Lynne Lambdin - Goodreads

I thought the book was a good insight into a girl in the world growing up and working with what life has given her. The most interesting thing for me was how the book focused on the father-daughter ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Martha Sherrill is the author of The Buddha from Brooklyn, a work of nonfiction, and My Last Movie Star, a novel.

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