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Jay Dolan grew up on the edge of the desert and at the heart of the American dream. In Los Angeles, the post-WWII boom created a brand-new national identity of hopeful plenty; families resembled the make-believe families they watched on TV, Mom stayed at home while Dad held a steady job that provided pretty much what everybody wanted in this age of naive innocence.

Thus were the Dolans. The youngest of five children, J.D. grew up in the thrall of his oldest brother and sister, who served as a second set of parents -- with the advantage of being much cooler. John, in particular, was his kid brother's idea of perfection: a skilled mechanic able to work magic on his Corvette, a crack shot, an unflappable guide to wondrous teen-age freedoms. Phoenix captures this childhood idyll with heart-breaking precision. Then the cracks start to appear.

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  • ISBN 13: 9780375403422
  • ISBN 10: 0375403426
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  • Language: English
  • Size: 8.75" l x 6.05" w x 0.87" h

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