This work of fiction is about L.A. It is partly non-fiction. There are some very interesting tidbits; such as a male boss can not be alone in a room with a female sub-ordinate. There are a lot of vignettes about the people who reside in L.A.
A homeless man who is allowed to live in a washroom on Venice Beach tries to help a young female out with her problems. A male big box movie star is not all what he seems. He is a homosexual trying to appear as a loving family man. Frey shows how the rich and powerful can abuse the system and the people who work for them. A young woman of Mexican descent and huge thighs goes to work as a domestic. She is treated like a Mexican illegal but ends up thumbing her nose at her employer by falling in love with her son. A young couple run away from home to L.A. only to end up working for gang members. They seem never to catch a break.
I found the book very interesting and hard to put down.
First Line: "On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four men, women and children who called themselves the Pobladores establish a settlement on land that is near the centre of contemporary Los Angeles."