Like the young man Pascale in the opening scene, shifting rocks and dumping sand into the water in an absurd attempt to make an inhospitable rocky shore and steep cliffs into a luxury resort, this book explores the human struggle to take our damaged life and try to make something beautiful of it, whether you're a glamorous young actress whose career is the price to save a trainwreck of a movie, or if you're a son who doesn't know who his father is (and might not believe it if someone told you), or any of a number of deluded young men and women following a foolish dream. Great literary fiction, written with compassion, earthy humor and poignant insight. A great choice for book discussion groups.

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