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Things That Happened Before the Earthquake

Chiara Barzini
Format
Book
Published
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780385542272, 0385542275
Summary
"Mere weeks after the 1992 riots that laid waste to Los Angeles, Eugenia, a typical Italian teenager, is rudely yanked from her privileged Roman milieu by her hippie-ish filmmaker parents and transplanted to the strange suburban world of the San Fernando Valley. With only the Virgin Mary to call on for guidance as her parents struggle to make it big, Hollywood fashion, she must navigate her huge new public high school, complete with Crips and Bloods and Persian gang members, and a car-based environment of 99-cent stores and obscure fast-food franchises and all-night raves. She forges friendships with Henry, who runs his mother's movie memorabilia store, and the bewitching Deva, who introduces her to the alternate cultural universe that is Topanga Canyon. And then the 1994 earthquake rocks the foundations not only of Eugenia's home but of the future she'd been imagining for herself" -- provided by publisher.
Description
304 pages ; 22 cm
Notes
"A portion of this novel first appeared in East magazine (Summer 2017)"--Title page verso.
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