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Train Wreck: Love and Deceit among the Southern California Elite- A Memoir

by Richard Phelps


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With a touch of swagger and cockiness, Phelps describes his personal experiences in the Southern California dating world while exposing dysfunctional and sometimes bizarre behavior among the multitude of serial daters in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

If you’ve been happily married for 30 or 40 years this book may not be for you. However, if you’ve been in the dating marathon for years or recently new to the musical chairs of dating as a mature adult, you will be sure to relate. Phelps delivers an entertaining, somewhat shocking and thought-provoking look at single life of middle-aged women and men living in the wealthy communities of North San Diego County.

He recounts his own story of love and heartbreak with the backdrop of sunny, blue skies, sandy beaches, horse racing, and the beautiful people of Southern California- with plenty of interesting characters- all combining to make it especially colorful.

A lot of good, salt-of-the-earth, family-loving and God-fearing people live here. But nobody wants to read about them. Much more interesting are the lives of those whose moral compasses are a bit more fluid. They say money is power, and power corrupts, so the result can be a mix of twisted ideals and bizarre behavior, especially when it comes to relationships.