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The collection is thematically linked by both the characters-who are struggling to realize their Hollywood dreams and the setting-Santa Monica, California. A seemingly peaceful seaside city, Santa Monica is also a purgatory where the characters must face failure and loss-as well as their demons and ghosts. Family and ritual are consistent motifs throughout the collection, as are the themes of escape, addiction, redemption, reparation, religion, and death. Whether it is a young couple looking to buy their first home or a man returning to his hometown for a funeral or a baptism, readers will find the everyday rituals in these stories identifiable in many ways.
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Michael J. Atwood is a graduate of the University of SouthernCalifornia's prestigious Master of Professional Writing program andBoston College.
He currently works as both a fiction andfreelance writer in North Attleborough, Massachusetts but his full-timepursuit is as an English Language Arts teacher. He has written for anumber of publications including The Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, North Attleborough Free Press, and Attleboro Sun Chronicle.
In 2010,Aqueous Books published Atwood's first short story collection, HiStoryof Santa Monica: Stories. The collection was a "minor-league" successselling many copies and is still available a number of bookstores across the U.S.. He is currently working on the pilot for a television serieson Santa Monica as well as a dystopian teenage novel.
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Book Description Aqueous Books, Pensacola, FL, 2010. Soft cover. Condition: New. ## NEW book is clean and tight. Trade Paperback. First Aqueous Books Edition. Spine uncreased. Covers flat with minimal shelf wear. Clean. Square. No marks in or on book. NOT A REMAINDER. 187 pages. This is an unread, unused book. New. Seller Inventory # 002313
Book Description Aqueous Books, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M098267340X