Blau’s second novel, like “Swim Parties,’’ takes place mostly in Santa Barbara, Calif. This time the year is 1993, with excursions by flashbacks to Michigan and New England and to the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. It’s only her second novel, but a book by Blau would be disappointing without pot smoking, hilarious and sometimes grungy sex, and bickering relatives. This one has more than you can shake a dysfunctional family stick at.
Causes Jessica Blau Supports
Baltimore School for the Arts, 826DC, CityLit Project.