Santa Barbara

A Novel

In Santa Barbara, in 1974, a man and woman, both thirty-something, meet at their parents’ extravagant wedding. He is a successful Los Angeles Times journalist, Pulitzer nominee, charming, talented and excessive. The woman is myself. My father, furious, fading roué, is marrying his luxurious, incorrigible mother. Drawn together by their marriage, he and I become lovers on their wedding night. My father’s violence and his mother’s voluptuousness create the backdrop to our drama, which in turn frames his shocking confession.

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