Middle East
Fortune struck for these Syrian migrants, but can they make it in California?
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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2013

Maria Semple on her first novel: "It was autobiographical, in that I had just moved from L.A. to Seattle, and I didn't like Seattle and I didn't like the people there, and they didn't like me -- but I didn't like them first. I was toxic and self-pitying."Tom Politeo