Three women struggle to find value in the ultimate of consumer-driven cultures, Los Angeles. Mina, a waitress, lives with her screenwriter husband and has almost inadvertently acquired two lovers. Her friend Lorene runs a chain of highly successful theme restaurants, catering to the unconscious desires and idiosyncrasies of their rich clientele. Lisa works as a lowly housemaid.
With superb wit and keen irony, Spiotta examines the lives of these trapped Los Angeles suburbanites - their neuroses, quack therapies and New Age obsessions - and the strange and varied ways in which women cope with their relationship to contemporary culture.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ennie - LibraryThing
I gave up on this novel after 61 pages. Although it was chosen as a "notable book" by the New York Times and "book of the year" by the LA Times, it must have been too highbrow for me. I never was sure what was going on. Read full review
LIGHTNING FIELDUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
The glittering if ephemeral distractions of life in the City of Angels are lampooned with a wry, knowing touch, in a funny first novel by a writer who grew up "surrounded by the movie industry ... Read full review