With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Jon Robin Baitz dissects the conflicting sense of justice between generations that can rupture family bonds in Other Desert Cities. When Brook Wyeth comes home (along with her brother and aunt) to her parents’ glamorous Palm Springs home on Christmas Eve, she has a manuscript with her. Brook has recovered from a long depression that has kept her from following up on her young success. Her former screenwriter mother and her retired movie-leading-man father are so relieved. But this is a family of politicians, artists, and wise-cracking alcoholics, so imagine everyone’s reaction on learning the new book is Brook’s tell-all memoir that will expose an explosive family secret.