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Oedipa Maas is surprised to find that she has been named co-executor of the will of her former lover, real estate investor Pierce Inverarity. Her husband, Mucho Maas, an overly sensitive DJ, is not helpful, and neither is her psychiatrist, Dr. Hilarius, who calls her in the middle of the night and encourages her to participate in a study in which housewives take LSD.
In San Narciso, California, a suburb of Los Angeles where Inverarity had many financial interests, Oedipa begins to untangle the estate with the help of her co-executor, the attorney and former child actor, Metzger. She stays at Echo Courts Motel, where she becomes acquainted with the manager, Miles, member of a Beatles-wannabe rock group called the Paranoids. Metzger and she become lovers, as she watches a film he supposedly starred in as a child, frequently interrupted by commercials advertising properties and companies in which...
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