Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini

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Things That Happened Before the Earthquake Read Online Free - Welcome to LA? Nineties' Hollywood gets an Italian makeover in this poignant and ruefully funny coming-of-age novel featuring a teenage girl who's on shaky ground in more ways than one.

Mere weeks after the 1992 riots that laid waste to Los Angeles, Eugenia, a typical Italian teenager, is rudely yanked from her privileged Roman milieu by her hippieish filmmaker parents and transplanted to the strange suburban world of the San Fernando Valley. With only the Virgin Mary to call on for guidance as her parents struggle to make it big, Hollywood fashion, she must navigate her huge new public high school, complete with Crips and Bloods and Persian gang members, and a car-based environment of 99-cent stores and obscure fast-food franchises and all-night raves. She forges friendships with Henry, who runs his mother's movie memorabilia store, and the bewitching Deva, who introduces her to the alternate cultural universe that is Topanga Canyon. And then the 1994 earthquake rocks the foundations not only of Eugenia's home but of the future she'd been imagining for herself.

Title : Things That Happened Before the Earthquake
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ISBN : 0385542275
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Navidad rated it ★★★☆☆

June 01, 2017

Chiara Barzini’s Things That Happened Before the Earthquake was a novel built on a plausible premise, an exploration of assimilation into American culture through the eyes of an Italian teenager coming of age. I neither loved nor hated this novel, but I could see where the author was trying to go...

Rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

September 11, 2017

What an aptly titled book: "Things That Happened." This is a book about things happening - one after another in monotonous succession. Well, it's actually about an Italian girl, Eugenia, who relocates to Los Angeles with her family in the 1990s, but where it endeavors to be a candid coming of age...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 2017

A raw, honest and exquisitely foreign look at early 1990's Los Angeles through the eyes of a not-so-innocent teen girl. (NOT a YA book) Thanks to Doubleday books for providing me with a finished copy for review purposes - all opinions are my own. When a book opens on an early 90's LA beach with...

Francesca rated it ★★★★★

May 17, 2017

Barzini writes a wonderful account of what is like to be a teenager in the Valley when her parents move the family from Italy to California . An unusual coming of age written from the point of you of an Italian girl who has landed in the heart of America too soon for her to decipher the rules and...

Lolly K Dandeneau rated it ★★★★☆

April 04, 2017

via my blog: This is a novel to add to your reading list- forthcoming “How could my father become rich and famous if he surrounded himself with cheapness?” The beauty of this novel is that Eugenia and her family are foreigners with stars in there eyes, ready to...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

March 13, 2017

This is really all about seeking a safe place and not finding it in Los Angeles or an Italian island. The main character makes some cringe inducing decisions while she searches for her safeplace in the wrong places. Yet the main character is likable in her vulnerability and you can't help but roo...

Allen rated it ★★★★★

August 24, 2017 I’ve always been a sucker for a coming of age story. There are unending compelling ways to tell a tale of growing up; the struggles of adolescence are both universal and unique. Chiara Barzini’s debut novel is “Things That Happened Before the Earthquake.” It...

Flavia rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2017

I found this novel (labelled ‘Fictional Memoir by Francesca Marciano) such a fun read, albeit uncomfortable and tragic in parts. It is a beautifully rendered coming-of-age novel whose main character resonated with me deeply. Eugenia’s vulnerability, isolation and empathic nature made her extremel...

Jean rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 07, 2017

Full disclosure: the writing is skillful, the pace is good. Usually these things garner at least 3 stars from me. But I could not wait to finish this book. It's the story of an adolescent girl whose family moves from Italy to Los Angeles with dreams of making it in the movie business. Through her...

Kasa rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2017

LA through the lens of an Italian teenager whose self-absorbed parents move from Rome, following the Hollywood dream. Given an extraordinary amount of freedom, Eugenia is free to explore the San Fernando Valley and beyond -- as she puts it, her father believed that putting his family in danger (t...

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