BIRDIES SING AND EVERYTHING by Perry Lafferty

BIRDIES SING AND EVERYTHING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A TV-producer and his family make the big move from Manhattan to Hollywood and run humorously amok in the perils of resettlement. A series of firsts for the displaced city-dwellers as house and landowners in Los Angeles suburbia occasions many of the more profound problems in life: wife trembles over driving test, water heater bursts while plumbers hide, teenage daughter ""adjusts"" in proper time, grand-parents visit chaos, and eucalyptus trees shed on neighbor's lawn. All of which gives the poor man pause to write a book about all the little things that everybody--with the apparent exception of New Yorkers--may recognize from his own battle with super-civilization, but which are likely to seem less funny and important to the reader than to the protagonist himself. With slick flippancy the situations evolve in a way amiable enough to evoke empathetic humor and vividly enough to prevent a mass exodus to the promised land of surfboards and freeways. Light and frequently entertaining--the fabled foibles of our age.

Publisher: Dodd, Mead