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David Grand conjures early L.A. in 'Mount Terminus'
David Grand conjures early L.A. in 'Mount Terminus'

"I developed a phobia of Los Angeles," says David Grand. That could have been a problem for the 45-year-old author, whose novel "Mount Terminus" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 384 pp., $26) is set in early 20th century L.A. But it was the book — which he spent more than a decade writing — that estranged Grand from the city where he grew up. "I couldn't deal with the sensory overload I experience when I'm there," he says from the safety of his Brooklyn walk-up. "Whether it's the light or the landscape or transitioning from one dynamic neighborhood to another, I just kept thinking I'm going to see all these people...

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