The Ruins of California
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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THE RUINS OF CALIFORNIAUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Family saga that rises above the limits of that genre. Inez Ruin, daughter of an erstwhile flamenco dancer and a university professor, traces her family relationships from grade school to college. As ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ennie - LibraryThing
Inez Ruin grew up in drugs/sex/rock 'n roll '70s California, shuttling between her divorced and very different parents and family members. I could not relate to the decadence, and did not really like these people. Read full review