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"Every man for himself and God against all" became the mantra of Homer V. Innes after the Great Recession killed his job. Aggrieved by his loss of status as a college-educated, white-collar man, he is about to learn what loss really looks like. Successive catastrophes rob him of nearly everything and plunge him into a spiral of despair and homelessness. So begins his epic journey through the gritty underbelly of Southern California as he searches for his missing son and tries to rebuild his life. His long, strange trip takes him across a Los Angeles that is both familiar and foreign, tragic and comic: In the course of his misadventures, he encounters a diverse and eccentric cast of urban characters, from the homeless on Skid Row, to runaways, drag queens, porn stars, and hookers, all of whom contribute to his ultimate epiphany as he seeks a place in the world and a new meaning for his life. (Heliotrope Books LLC)
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.
Chip Jacobs is a Los Angeles-area author and journalist. His most recent book is his debut novel, Arroyo is a Los Angeles Times and Southern California Independent Bookseller Association bestseller, as well as a Goodreads and CrimeReads most anticipated book, and medaled at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. His earlier books include Strange As It Seems: the Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler, The People’s Republic of Chemicals and the bestselling Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles. Jacobs’ reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, L.A. Weekly, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg View, the Pasadena Weekly, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, newgeography.com and other publications. He grew up in northeast Pasadena and lives in Southern California.