|About the Book|
Michael Simon hates New York City. He loathes the filth, the panhandlers, the roaches, the crime, and the dwindling opportunities for him as a cameraman. Hes also tired of giving in to his New York-born-and-bred wife, Laurie, who loves the city, herMoreMichael Simon hates New York City. He loathes the filth, the panhandlers, the roaches, the crime, and the dwindling opportunities for him as a cameraman. Hes also tired of giving in to his New York-born-and-bred wife, Laurie, who loves the city, her friends, and her job as a book editor. So when a friend asks him to be his partner in Santa Monica, California, Michael finally acts on his feelings, and drags Laurie, their teenage son Andy, and their ten-year-old daughter Kira to the land of sun and biofeedback. There, he thinks, hell have a good job, the kids will enjoy the outdoors, and perhaps Laurie will find a cure for her mysterious and debilitating physical pain. But the new setting, away from New Yorks bustle and grime, creates unexpected tension in the family. Although Michael has no regrets about leaving the East Coast, hes ambivalent about renewing his relationship with his father, who moved to L.A. when Michael was young. Laurie finds, to her surprise, that she can adjust to a house and pool and flowers in December, but she cant forget the people and the work she left behind. While Kira enjoys an intense new friendship, Andy is desolate with longing for New York - and his girlfriend. His parents, in love with each other anew, ignore his growing despair. Filled with perceptive, ironic insights about family alliances and everyday life on both coasts, California Time is a witty and absorbing story of a family in transition.