Los Angeles is the Peninsula Hotel, Spago Beverly Hills, and a beach place in Malibu. It's also...Barney's Beanery, Koo Koo Roo chicken, and 24-hour fitness centers. Not to mention the parents' place in the Valley with its wet bar and kidney-shaped pool.
In Stephen Randall's hilarious novel of manners and mores in Los Angeles, twin brothers Perry and Tim Newman fight the ties that bind them to their pasts on the other side of Mulholland while trying to make their mark in the teeming competitive world spread out below the canyons. While Perry swaggers home with a new girlfriend on his arm and a development deal in his pocket, Tim toils in the decidedly temporary offices of a web site, Hollywood Today, and wonders if there will ever be a right moment to spring his sexuality on his parents.
But Syd and Ann Newman's lives haven't stopped because the boys moved into town. Syd's life work, Newman's Super Honda, is under attack, and Ann's serial passions for therapy, activism, and real estate are beginning to take their toll. When Tim has a rare chance to be a hero, will he take it? Will the balance of fraternal power shift once and for all?