A riveting, resonant story that captures perfectly the emotional rhythms of suburban Los Angeles in the 60s and early 70s. Tom and Nedith have been married for thirty years, but their union is rooted firmly in the mores of the 1950s: he works hard as an engineer, she stays home; neither is happy. Meanwhile, their son Pete has recently split from hs wife, Killian, after less than a year of marriage. Their neighbour, Cynny, sees herself as reasonably happy in her marriage to Jim -- until she has an eye-opening conversation with one of her girlfriends, and begins to stray. Cynny's friend Nancy -- who knows she's unhappy in her marriage -- determines to go looking for fulfilment but stumbles into something so unexpected, it may make everyone in the community reconsider the choices they've made. The novel all takes place one stormy L.A. weekend, as a literal fog of unrest blows into town and alters these marriages forever. As a vivid distillation of its time and place, Sudden Rain is a spellbinding achievement and an exciting discovery.
Maritta Martin Wolff was born on December 25, 1918 in Grass Lake, Michigan. In 1941 she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English composition, and that same year, at age 22, her Avery Hopwood Award-winning novel WHISTLE STOP was published by Random House. Between 1941 and 1962 Wolff wrote and published five more novels. Maritta Wolff died July 1, 2002, of lung cancer at home in West Lost Angeles.