This is a novel styled in a series of episodes, tracing the lives of two sisters over a period of eight years in the late 1970s and '80s. The two sisters are seven years apart. Joanne is shrewd and opportunistic; Susan is intelligent but impulsive. The sisters attempt to change their lives over a course of time and encounter a series of mishaps. The novel traces what it means to clamor for "improvement" in an era of materialistic concerns; this is dealt with specifically using Southern California as a landscape, a place where the mythology of social mobility is held as truth and also tends to disappoint. The novel uses popular music as a motif throughout; songs serve as an accompaniment to each episode. Explored primarily is how memory both fuels and fails those who exist in a place that continually prides itself on erasing the past.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Modern literature, British and Irish literature|
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