Archive for the ‘California’ Category
In this artful, cerebral novel spanning four decades and encompassing the tribal conventions and counterculture movements of the 70’s and 80’s, the reader is plunged into a cunning world of philosophy and hedonism that is best described as baroque rawness or stark-naked grandiloquence. If these terms appear to be incompatible pairings, the reader will grasp the seeming polarity as axiomatic soon after feasting on Edie Meidav’s complex narrative style. A carnal vapor infuses every provocative page of this unorthodox psychological crime thriller.
The silent, overlooked residents of Los Angelesâ€™ Echo Park neighborhood play the starring role in author Brando Skyhorseâ€™s debut, THE MADONNAS OF ECHO PARK. The novel, really more of a collection of short stories, each narrated by a different character, presents to the reader different facets of both the Mexican and Mexican-American experience in multicultural Los Angeles. Skyhorse, winner of the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award for this novel, was born and raised in Echo Park.
June 23, 2011
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: Latin American, Los Angeles Â· Posted in: 2011 Favorites, California, Class - Race - Gender, Debut Novel, Latin American/Caribbean, PEN/Hemingway Winner, Reading Guide, Short Stories
Imagine a kick-ass action flick–say one starring that perennial crowd-pleaser, Bruce Willis, and then imagine the source material, and youâ€™d just about have an image of Duane Swierczynskiâ€™s latest book, FUN AND GAMES. This is the first entry in the Charlie Hardie trilogy. HELL AND GONE follows in October 2011, and the third novel, POINT AND SHOOT is scheduled for publication in March 2012. FUN AND GAMES delves into the old Hollywood story that studio fixers leap in to stabilize publicity nightmares. This legend has bounced around Hollywood for decades and still lingers over the deaths of notables such as Jean Harlowâ€™s husband, Paul Bern.
Ann Packerâ€™s newest book, SWIM BACK TO ME, is comprised of a novella and five short stories. They are all â€śemotionally searing storiesâ€ť dealing with issues of intimacy, misunderstandings that cause distancing, betrayals, and the problems that people have with understanding and knowing one another. Each story is strong and brilliant.
In this phantasmagorical tale, Chris Adrian reshaped â€śA Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream,â€ť into a mammoth, messy, tilted, erotic, meandering reimagining of Shakespeareâ€™s comedy into an elaborate feast of faeries and monsters, Lilliputians and giants, demons and derelicts, heart-broken humans and a group of outspoken homeless people who are staging a musical reenactment of Soylent Green. And that is just a segment of the odd and atavistic population of characters that you will meet in this multiple narrative tale of loss, love and exile. As you enter San Franciscoâ€™s Buena Vista Park during this millennial summer solstice, the moon shines eerie and luminous over creatures large and small, and a thick wall of fog sluggishly spreads its fingers during the celebration known to the faerie kingdom as the â€śGreat Night.â€ť
Michael (Mickey) Haller is still working out of the back seat of his armor-plated Lincoln Town Car, but he now specializes in helping people prevent or delay foreclosure on their homes. In the shattered economy and with housing prices in freefall, business has been brisk. Although criminal defense is his first love, Mickey has changed course, knowing that “the only growth industry in the law business was foreclosure defense.”
April 10, 2011
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: 21st-Century, Courtoom Drama, Courtroom Drama, Lawyer, Los Angeles, Michael Connelly, Murder Mystery Â· Posted in: California, Sleuths Series, y Award Winning Author