Play It as It Lays Setting & Symbolism

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Silver Wells, Nevada

A small town in Nevada that had a population of twenty-eight when Maria first moved there, but as of the telling of the story, no longer has any residents. It is a small town that at one time, thanks to Maria's father, contained three hundred acres of mesquite, a zinc mine, a trinket shop, a midget golf course, a reptile museum, and a restaurant with a few slots and craps tables.

This is where the characters return several times throughout the novel and it is where BZ eventually commits suicide.

Beverly Hills

Where Maria has her home with her husband and the scene of many arguments and dramatic blow-ups through the novel.

Angel Beach

A film of Carter Lang's in which Maria starred.

Interstate 80

A television show that Maria works on for two episodes with Martin Landau.

The Desert

The scene of most of Carter's...

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