For the Ruin family in 1970s California, as described by the precocious young Inez, life in complex. Her father, Paul, is self-obsessed, intrusive, and brilliant. He's also twice divorced, leaving Inez to bounce between two worlds, embracing neither - that of Paul's bohemian life in San Francisco and the more sedate world of her mother, Connie, who plays tennis and attends est seminars in the suburbs. As Inez progresses through high school we are witness to a remarkable family saga that renders a strange and fascinating slice of America in transition - one like the Ruins of California themselves, at once bold and innocent, creative and chaotic, obsessed and liberating.
More than anything I found this to be a book about coming of age and discovering who you are in regards to everyone else in your life, in comparison to your family and friends and all of your surroundings. Inez struggles because she has the forces between two worlds trying to determine who she is and what she is. This is the story of her figuring it out - who is she? How does she do that?
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