The Road to Los Angeles

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The Road to Los Angeles

By John Fante

Ecco Press, Paperback, 9780876856499, 176pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2002


I had a lot of jobs in Los Angeles Harbor because our family was poor and my father was dead. My first job was ditchdigging a short time after I graduated from high school. Every night I couldn t sleep from the pain in my back. We were digging an excavation in an empty lot, there wasn t any shade, the sun came straight from a cloudless sky, and I was down in that hole digging with two huskies who dug with a love for it, always laughing and telling jokes, laughing and smoking bitter tobacco.