Marilyn Monroe died just after midnight on August 5th, 1962; former Little League champion Kimitake “Clyde” Koba was born on the same day, at the same time. As Clyde struggles to escape the ghost of his brother and his alcoholic father and stumbles through his first love, he finds strength in the belief that he is the reincarnation of Monroe.

Raphael Dweck, born on Yom Kippur, teen genius and artist par-excellence, sex addict and kleptomaniac, has been told all his life that he has a special purpose in God’s plan. The only problem is, he can’t shake off his doubts, his urges, or the trail of trouble and ruin that follow in his wake. He finds himself scouring Israel’s swirling sands and purple skylines in search of the path of righteousness – and finds true love, filmmaking, and James Dean.

A decade later, Raphael and ‘Marilyn’ find each other wandering the littered, plastic-bright streets of Hollywood and set out to make a documentary about the transmigration of souls. But when the roleplaying goes too far, with real sirens flashing in their wing mirrors, they find themselves past the point of no return in their quest to prove who and what they are to their families, God, the world, and themselves. Will there be any way back across the Mexican border to the separate lives they once lived and to the family members who expected so much from them? Or will they face a life behind bars, a total loss of identity, or worse?

Japan and Israel collide in the City of Angels in this explosive black comedy about faith, idol worship, and the search for identity by the author of Jerusalem Ablaze, Stories of Love and Other Obsessions.

Publisher: Cloud Lodge Books
Release date: 21 June 2019
Author: Orlando Ortega-Medina