María Amparo Escandón

Cindy Seip

María Amparo Escandón is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints: A Novel and González & Daughter Trucking Co: A Road Novel with Literary License. Born in Mexico City, she has lived in LA for nearly four decades. In L.A. Weather: A Novel (Flatiron Books), Los Angeles is parched and dry as a bone. And all Oscar – the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family – wants is a little rain. He’s also carrying a costly secret, one that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with more intimacy and less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage. Their three daughters – Claudia, a TV chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media whiz who has a knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers – are blindsided and left to question everything they know. Now the family must wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: Stick together or burn it all down? Jorge Ramos, award-winning journalist and author of No Borders, called L.A. Weather “a phenomenal story about the Mexican-American experience in LA: fun, quirky, heart-wrenching, very human and full of soul. Read it and realize how much we all share (beyond the weather).”