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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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  - Andrea - Goodreads

It was a great book, it showed a teenager point of view from California, it the past years and how she over came then and found herself in the end! Excellent book ! Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Martha Sherrill is a former "Washington Post" staff writer and the author of "The Buddha from Brooklyn" and "The Ruins of California".

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