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About the Author: Elizabeth Stromme

Grew up in Edina, Minnesota and traveled the world with her husband for years. Together they moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Graduated from the Northrup Collegiate School (now Blake School) in Minneapolis. Graduated from the University of Minnesota in the late 1960s.

Stromme wrote the "Underground Gardener" column for the old L.A. Alternative Press.

Her novel Plunder in the Grass: A Botanical Garden at Work was optioned in 2006 by filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel.

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An Echo Park Novel by

Goodreads rating: 3.67

Paperback, Published in Oct 2003 by City Lights Publishers

ISBN10: 0872864251 | ISBN13: 9780872864252

Page count: 224

In Echo Park, a neighborhood at the wrong end of Sunset Boulevard, Joe, a cool cynic, lives marginally. Ironically, he finds himself becoming more involved than he’d planned in the lives of his clients, linked to their dreams and to their despair, and in some cases to their dirty secrets. His financial reliance on a sleazy character who needs pornographic letters to send mail-order brides soon complicates his relationship with his girlfriend, the beautiful Clio. This noir-style novel vividly brings to life an embattled community of mostly have-nots who attempt to survive city corruption, police harassment, and the daily grind with humor and sheer grit.

Elizabeth Stromme has published two noir novels in Gallimard’s Serie Noir in France. She also writes for Le Monde and the L.A. Alternative Press.

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