Tom and Nedith have been married for 30 years, but their marriage is one of convenience and finances. Their 22-year-old son, Peter, has recently split from his wife after less than a year. Three more couples are experiencing the throes of middle-class disaffection. Times are changing, the generation gap is widening, and the stage is set for a stormy weekend for these five couples.
Like John Updike's Rabbit novels and Mary McCarthy's The Group, Maritta Wolff's Sudden Rain distills a particular time and place, in this case, Los Angeles in the early 1970s. Each character springs vividly to life; due to unrest, revelation, and disaster, all are compelled to reconsider the choices they've made. Riveting and resonant, this long-lost tour de force is a masterpiece of emotion and keen observation.
"A brilliant, noirish cultural commentary on upheaval in American marriage and politics, circa 1970." (Publishers Weekly)
this is amusing for a little while, but not for long. it's disturbingly sexist and the unlikeable characters aren't worth following..
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This is the first book by my favorite narrator that I did not care for. The characters were boring, and and the book was difficult to finish bacause I simply didn't care about any of them. I thought this was a total waste of a credit!
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