The day her twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she's wanted to yell at the world, 'Stop! I want to get off'. Finally, this is her chance. Her husband Brian, an astronomer having an unsatisfactory affair, is upset. Who will cook his dinner? Eva, he complains, is attention seeking.
Low life writer and alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. At the age of fifty, he is living the life of a rock star, running three hundred hangovers a year and a sex life that would cripple Casanova. This book presents a vivid account of life on the edge.
The lives of six characters entwine in contemporary Los Angeles in a spellbinding thriller: a 2017 LA Times Best Fiction Pick and NPR Best Book of the Year. Wonder Valley is a swirling mix of angst, violence, heartache, and yearning-a masterpiece of L.A. noir by a writer leading a new vanguard of crime fiction.
''Why do we love animals?'' a little girl asks. The wise old turtle replies: ''Animals have secret abilities to spellbind your senses, luring you into connecting with us.'' With that in mind, animals choose children for a perfect victim!