"The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets"
By Diana Wagman
Ig Publishing: 240 pp., $15.95
A giant iguana isn't something we've come to expect as a key component in an L.A. novel, but that's what local writer Diana Wagman has done with "The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets." A brisk and vividly drawn kidnapping tale, Wagman's fourth novel hinges on the 7-foot long lizard of its title, but its core lies somewhere far more familiar to those who call Los Angeles home.
At the center of Wagman's story is Winnie Parker, a 38-year-old single mother who split from her wealthy game show host husband some years ago....