A Time Apart by Brittany Batong

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A Time Apart explores the bittersweet duality of our existence among the past and the present, through the eyes of Kara, a twenty-something art school graduate who has resigned herself to contentment in the routines of everyday family life as a commuting suburbanite. An unexpected attraction to Jake, a slacker-colleague in her office, is further complicated when a visit to a lavish old movie palace initiates a journey into the past. Kara and Jake inexplicably find themselves thrown into the turbulence of Los Angeles during the Great Depression, maintaining a feigned marriage as inhabitants of a boarding house in a forgotten community of Los Angeles called Bunker Hill. As partners in a past that is both exciting and adversarial, Jake and Kara begin to develop very real romantic feelings for one another, even as they are bound to identities in a time that does not yet exist. A Time Apart follows two people as they discover a Los Angeles beyond their separate lives, beyond all comprehensible experience, and beyond that which is real or imagined.

About Brittany Batong

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Brittany Batong finds that the most fascinatingstories lie within the hearts ofseemingly ordinary people. She enjoysworking and playing in Downtown LosAngeles, uncovering its hidden treasures;and lives in Santa Clarita, Californiawith her husband and two kids.
Published September 14, 2012 278 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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