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Where hopes and desperation collide

Dec 10, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
In Susan Straight's new novel, the Golden Gopher bar and the seedy area around it capture 'all the weirdness' of Los Angeles. It's a perspective different from that of the sociologist or historian.

Standing outside a bookstore on 8th Street a decade ago, novelist Susan Straight looked across the street and saw a vision of Los Angeles loneliness.

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