A love story that will never happen, made up of equal parts joy and anger, and brought to life by Arturo Bandini, who lives and breathes ad thinks and feels on the page. Bittersweet without schmaltz, truthful without a torrent of crudity, and generally terrific.
Arturo Bandini arrives in Los Angeles with big dreams but is faced with the grim reality of poverty. When he makes a small fortune from the publication of a short story, he embarks upon a reinvention, indulging in expensive clothes, fine food and downtown strip clubs. But Bandini’s delusions take a worrying turn when he is drawn into a relationship with Camilla Lopez, a beautiful but troubled young woman who will be responsible for his greatest downfall. Ask the Dust is an unforgettable novel about outsiders looking in on a town built on celluloid dreams.