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These pages represent the beginning of a novel-in-progress centering on a half-white half-Mexican woman named Noemi. In the Prologue, we meet Noemi and her childhood friend Phillip when both are in their early 30s. Part One goes back to follow a first-person narration with Noemi at age 12 to age 17 in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Set primarily in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas, Noemi moves through interactions with Phillip as well as other coming-of age and self-exploration moments leading up to the afternoon the 1992 Los Angeles Riots broke out. Part Two then follows Noemi’s best friend ...