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Long-gone Berkeley landmarks form novel’s backdrop

Meredith Maran
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Berkeley may not equal Paris as a city of love, but it is the place where a lot of loving happens in Meredith Maran’s first novel, a Theory of Small Earthquakes.

The book is the story of Alison and Zoe, who meet at Oberlin College in 1983, fall in love, and eventually move to Berkeley.

They sort of choose the city by random, as evidenced by this snippet of dialogue:

“I’ve never even been to Berkeley. Have you?” asks Alison.

“I’ve seen pictures. Blue sky. Cute houses. Sit-ins at Sproul Plaza. An artist in every garret. What more do we need to know?” … Continue reading »

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