Spotted: The Ruins of California

California has had it pretty rough over the past few years.  Our budget is in shambles to the extent that we will be shutting down a number of state parks, laying off thousands of teachers, and taking away state employees’ guns cell phones.  Our ex-governor’s latest paternity-related issues are pretty much the least of our collective worries.   So when I saw the title of this book, I assumed it was some nonfiction work prognosticating the inevitable downfall of our state. 

Not so!  Turns out it is a work of fiction (take that Tejas!) about a family (the Ruins, of course) and the coming of age of a daughter with divorced parents in the 1970s: one parent living in Los Angeles and the other in San Francisco.  Can’t get much more California than that!


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