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Venice Beach

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A hard-drinking, cantankerous Irish writer and a homeless African American develop an unlikely friendship on the Venice Beach boardwalk when they discover a common link to the Jonestown massacre and are investigated for murder. After the death of his wife, a penniless Finn has to leave New York and move in with his daughter in Venice. He meets an eccentric cast of characte ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published January 26th 2015)
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Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a soft spot for new authors. Seeing that Venice Beach was a debut novel for the author I was looking forward to reading it. Emily Gallo did a nice job of portraying the vibe and quirkiness of Venice. The characters were bold and numerous. Perhaps a bit too numerous. The book focused on two main characters, Finn, a down-and-out author; and Jed, a homeless man with a bit of a mysterious background. Other characters are introduced throughout the book, mainly to delve into the plight of the h ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Venice Beach introduces the reader to a wonderful, if sometimes dark, world through the eyes of an outsider named Finn. His conversations and relationships with the people who inhabit this community make Venice Beach the main character of this book with all its wonderful erratic and idiosyncratic tendencies. The idea that you can get a fresh start by heading West and that it can happen at any age is one that I am personally very enamored with and this book does a good job of showing that transf ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well-written slice of life in Venice Beach, CA. The main character, Finn, is a writer trying to come to grips with his past, present, and future with a top off of whiskey to help it along. A great study of the homeless of Venice Beach, the people there to help support them, and a wonderful cat who lives among them. Highly recommend!
Cara Gubbins
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great characters and a gripping story.

Emily Gallo's first novel is a hit! I loved the people, the setting, the twists and turns of the plot and how it was all woven together seamlessly. A must read.
Danielle Calloway
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily Gallo transports the reader into her book. Filled with well defined characters and an intriguing storyline, the book is hard to put down. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books. ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very easy read with interesting and well developed characters and interesting plot/plot twists. Good first novel.
NC Weil
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
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Venice Beach, by Emily Gallo

Having spent many sun-drenched hours enjoying the Human Parade along Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach, California, I had to read Emily Gallo’s novel of that name. In brief, she tells the story of Finn, a booze-guzzling writer whose best-seller lies decades behind him, whose second wife has just died of cancer in New York. He comes to Venice to live with his daughter Kate because, frankly, he can’t afford not to. He’s already drunk up the advance on a new book for whic
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Venice Beach is an engrossing story with many facets-unusual characters, a strong plot about a relocated Irish American writer, and a secret that threatens to wreak havoc on his life and his closest friend's. There is also an intriguing cat named Mother! I can't wait to read Emily Gsllo's next book. ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Intriguing tale.
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It was an interesting story, and I liked the dialog driven style. This made for very quick and easy reading.
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Emily Kaufman was the girl growing up in Manhattan in the fifties and sixties. In the sixties and seventies, I attended Clark University and lived in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Seattle doing the hippie/peace/love/protest thing.

In the eighties and nineties, Emily Saur lived in Northampton, MA and Davis, CA and was the more conventional wife, mother of two,

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