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Brenda Lockhart's family is already living beyond their means in Huntington Beach, California when Brenda's husband announces he's leaving them on the night of O. J. Simpson's slow speed chase through Southern California, June 17, 1994. Brenda turns on the television and gets hooked on the Simpson trials. She's convinced Simpson is innocent. Meanwhile, her daughters are busy making their own bad decisions about lovers and crime.
Praise for The Lockhart Women
"A family is thrown into chaos in 1990s Southern California in Camarillo's debut...and the novel's ending is a satisfying one. An emotional portrait of three women dealing unexpected change." -- Kirkus Reviews
“Mary Camarillo's prose is lively, companionable, and quite satisfyingly observant in ways that surprise and delight. It's as if a friendly someone you know quite well is murmuring in your ear, and that voice is giving you living presences. I will not soon forget Brenda Lockhart and her daughters. And how well the novelist has used history as backdrop here, in the art form that in fact succeeds best when history is the canvas across which the drama takes place. Bravo, Ms. Camarillo.”
Richard Bausch, award-winning author of nine story collections and twelve novels including "Peace" and "Hello to the Cannibals."
“The Lockhart Women is deeply and thoroughly Southern Californian, in all the perfectly detailed cities and streets and, of course, freeways, but also in the evocation of its time - the 1990s. These women are vivid portraits - flawed and desperate and seeking redemption -- in this page-turner."
Susan Straight, award-winning author of the memoir “In the Country of Women,” eight novels and two children’s books
"With control, compassion, and surprising humor, Camarillo dissects how a modern family comes apart, the chaos we create in relationships and, short of murder, what we might do about it. Unputdownable."
Eduardo Santiago, award-winning author of "Tomorrow They Will Kiss" and "Midnight Rhumba."
"An intimate portrayal of a Southern California working class family. Brenda Lockhart and her two daughters are complicated and not always admirable characters, but they are relentlessly human. Camarillo laces their story with concise prose, dry humor, and flinty realism, allowing love, resilience, hope and eventual forgiveness to shine through."
Samantha Dunn, best selling author of" "Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life
"Like Mona Simpson’s "Anywhere but Here," The Lockhart Women sensitively illustrates what happens to children coming of age under the influence of childish parents. But unlike Simpson, Camarillo provides hope that everyone—parents and children—can grow and develop. An authentically hopeful and realistic novel."
Shelley Blanton-Stroud, Author of "Copy Boy"