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City of Angles (Heliotrope Books)

City of Angles is a darkly humorous story of hope, loss, family, and most of all, community, set in modern-day Los Angeles. In this re-imagining of the epic poem The Aeneid of Virgil, Homer V. Innes loses everything in a devastating series of calamities and winds up homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. Desperate to put his life back together and find his runaway son, Innes embarks on an epic journey across a Los Angeles that is both familiar and foreign. In the course of his misadventures, he encounters a diverse and eccentric cast of urban characters, from the homeless on Skid Row, to teenage runaways, drag queens, porn stars, and hookers, all of whom contribute to his ultimate epiphany as he seeks his place in the world.

Praise for City of Angles:

"City of Angles is an uplifting look at a side of Los Angeles too little seen in fiction. Like John Fante, Loving turns a compassionate and comic eye on the downtrodden and elevates them in his assured debut." —Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women

"Like the Book of Job as envisioned by Nathaniel West, City of Angles reminds us that when we disdain the needy, we inevitably become one ourselves. A spellbinding, original work."—Chip Jacobs, author of Arroyo

"City of Angles is a big-hearted book, full of memorable characters, crackling scenes, and superbly evoked settings, its well-wrought prose sprinkled with tears and spiced with laughs. An unforgettable debut." —Charles Harper Webb, author of Sidebend World

"Hope and love fill these pages, a modern epic set under the pitiless Southern California skies.” —Don Cummings, author of Bent But Not Broken

William Loving is a former newspaper reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Providence Journal, and Connecticut Post. Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife Rhonda Hillbery and a cat named Oberon. City of Angles is his first novel.

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley, Visitation Street and These Women. Wonder Valley won the 2018 Strand Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Le Grand Prix de Litterature Americaine, as well as being chosen as an NPR and Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. Visitation Street won the Prix Page America in France and was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, Amazon Best Book of 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her books have been translated into five languages. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times & The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her first novel The Art of Disappearing, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. She teaches creative writing at the Studio 526 Skid Row.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:30pm
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City of Angles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942762706
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heliotrope Books LLC - September 15th, 2020

These Women: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062656384
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Published: Ecco - May 19th, 2020

Wonder Valley: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062656360
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Published: Ecco - July 3rd, 2018

Visitation Street: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062249906
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Published: Dennis Lehane Books/Ecco - April 15th, 2014