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Winner of the Los Angeles Book Festival Award and Hay House
“Pick of the Month”

The year is 1974

“This fascinating roman a’ clef, by Andrea Adler, takes us through 21 yr-old Sandra Billings’ rollicking year when she discovers the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle and uses it as her GPS to navigate: a torrid love affair, battle with demons from her past and her life as an actress in L.A.

After consulting the oracle, Sandra places an ad in the Los Angeles Times: Drama Student in Need of Rm and Brd in Exchange for Housekeeping. She meets some dubious men, a few zany women, and ultimately Emma, a mysterious 80-year-old woman whom she moves in with and both their lives change.

Throughout the story, Sandra confronts her fears, pushes through her doubts, and experiences profound inner changes. The result is a stunning climax, where everything she has gained is challenged by a poignant and surprising twist of fate.”

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