Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey.
Why yes, this is the second time in the past year that I've read this book.
I LOVE this book. It's based in Los Angeles, so it warms my heart to read about all the places I'm familiar with. It also breaks my heart to read about the shattered dreams of people who move there and think they will find happiness.
Did you know calling a freeway "THE 5" is a California thing? I've done it all my life-I do it here and everyone makes me fun of me. "Get on the 80 West.....". When I asked what I was SUPPOSED to call it, I was told "Interstate 80"