Rezension: Diana Wagman: “The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets”

A giant iguana isn’t something we’ve come to expect as a key component in an L.A. novel, but that’s what local writer Diana Wagman has done with “The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets.”

Rezension: Diana Wagman: “The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets”

A lizard, an unhinged roommate and a kidnapped single mom make up the tense. Though at its root a hostage thriller — and a pretty tense one at that — the power of Wagman’s book lies in the details.

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