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Signal Hill Stories

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Stories of spiritual longing and romantic hope, or vice versa, in the holy rubble of Los Angeles, most specifically Long Beach, CA.
trade paperback, 128 pages
Published 2003 by CIty Lights
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Aug 06, 2008 Katie added it
Recommends it for: Long Beachians
Alan Rifkin = Philip Roth/Raymond Carver, but gentler than Carver and less sexually frustrated than Roth. He is most certainly Long Beach's premier author and writes with such grace and sensitivity, the backdrop of Signal Hill's oil refineries and garbage ladent beaches seem almost charming, the distant sparkle of lights eminating from it's polluted sister (Los Angeles) feel warm and welcoming, and the lost souls that inhabit the hidden porthols of a city famous for nothing wrap their arms aroun ...more
I'd give this 3 1/2 stars if I could. I read this a couple years ago, in part because I'm always one to support local writers. It reminded me of a more contemporary version of Raymond Carver. I'd love to read more.
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