Closer to the Sun
by Peter Gadol
Following the death of his lover, Brad Gray drifts from New York, wandering westward in a loose succession of house-sitting jobs. Lonely and desperate for companionship, he arrives in California at an empty home overlooking Encantado Canyon, a wildfire-charred valley near Los Angeles. One day, peering through a telescope, Brad spies the skeleton of another home being built...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Picador USA
(first published December 1995)
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30s something Brad house sits in the California canyons and meets Helen and Ethan Zayne who are trying to re-build their home and their lives after the death of their son and the destruction of their house to a wildfire. The book is different and interesting but you know it is not going to end well.