Ask the Dust – by John Fante Description:

Ask the Dust Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel. It is the story of Arturo Bandini a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive mocking unstable Camilla Lopez a Mexican waitress. Struggling to survive he perseveres until at last his first novel is published. But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown and disappears . . . and Bandini forever rejects the writers life he fought so hard to attain. Ask the Dust – by John Fante