HiStory of Santa Monica by Cynthia Reeser
Approx. 52,370 words.
Published on January 12, 2011.
A seemingly peaceful seaside city, Santa Monica is also a purgatory where the characters must face failure and loss—as well as their demons and ghosts. Family and ritual are consistent motifs throughout the collection, as are the themes of escape, addiction, redemption, reparation, religion, and death.