Los Angeles

by A. M. Homes

Series: Directions

The surreal City of Angels is a unique amalgam of past and present, tradition and revolution, dreamscape and reality. Whether in history books or on the silver screen, the Los Angeles landscape has long served as an ever-shifting backdrop against which countless American anxieties and aspirations play out. New York-based novelist and short-story writer A. M. Homes distills the elusive, quixotic splendor of this most beguiling of great American cities. She checks us into the famed hotel Chateau Marmont and uses life at this iconic landmark as a multifaceted prism through which to view and experience Los Angeles culture, past and present.

Built in the 1920s, the Chateau Marmont is where the famous and infamous have always come to stay— for a few days or months at a time—and sometimes, to die.

  • National Geographic Society; June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781426209062
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  • Title: Los Angeles
  • Series: Directions
  • Author: A. M. Homes
  • Imprint: National Geographic

About The Author

A.M. Homes is the author of the novels Jack, In a Country of Mothers, The End of Alice, and Music for Torching, and the short story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know. Her writing appears frequently in magazines such as The New Yorker and Harper's. Homes is the recipient of numerous literary awards. She lives in New York City.