“In Cyra McFadden’s affluent San Francisco suburb, a health club is likely to be called a center for human potential. Her book The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County is a deadly satire on such pretensions.
The principal characters in this mock soap opera wander aimlessly from body to body and from cliché to cliché in a culture where evil, like perspiration odor, has been banished with squirt-can philosophies. McFadden’s cassette ear for the jargon of the “mellow” and “laid back” is faultless…”
Location: San Francisco