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L.A. Weather

A Novel

by María Amparo Escandón

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L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón
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  • Published Sep 2021
    336 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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Forecast: Storm clouds are on the horizon in L.A. Weather, a fun, fast-paced novel of a Mexican-American family from the author of the #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza's Box of Saints

L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He's harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters―Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers―are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way.

With quick-wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.

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"[A] rollicking and hilarious family drama of telenovela-esque proportions that doubles as a fiery love letter to Los Angeles...Beyond the juicy plot, Escandón is a pro at capturing the socioeconomic geography of L.A...This is by far one of the most endearing L.A. novels in recent memory." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[T]he plot incorporates broader issues including climate change, gender politics, immigration, and a presidential election. A warmhearted domestic drama with political undercurrents makes for fun reading." - Kirkus Reviews

"Escandón depicts many cultural layers of Los Angeles through its variety of food, unique architecture, and rich local history. Broader topics of immigration, climate change, gender identity, and the effects of gentrification come up throughout the novel. Most of all, Escandón celebrates family: sometimes joyous, sometimes infuriating, but always bonding together to meet life's tempestuous challenges." - Library Journal

"María Amparo Escandón is bold. Who dares to write about the weather in Los Angeles? Unlike the warm and benign climate cliché that can so easily be ignored, the complicated richness that makes up the Alvarado family can be appreciated from the first paragraph." - Laura Esquivel, author of Like Water for Chocolate

"A phenomenal story about the Mexican-American experience in L.A: fun, quirky, heart-wrenching, very human and full of soul. Read it and realize how much we all share (beyond the weather). María Amparo Escandón is a superb and unique observer." - Jorge Ramos, award-winning journalist and author of No Borders

"Take it from María Amparo Escandón—it's not always 72 and sunny in Los Angeles. Known for her sly humor, she brings us a surprising story about family life in one of America's most complex cities." - Reyna Grande, author of Across A Hundred Mountains

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María Amparo Escandón is the author of #1 L.A. Times bestseller Esperanza's Box of Saints and González & Daughter Trucking Co. Named a writer to watch by both Newsweek and the L.A. Times, she was born in Mexico City and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly four decades.

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