Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1970. First Edition. First printing, with no additional printings listed on copyright page (see note below). Octavo. Cloth hardcover; dustjacket; 570pp. Fine copy in the original pictorial dustwrapper, unclipped (priced $7.95 at base of front flap), Fine but for a few tiny flecks of soil to rear panel.
The best-selling author's first book, a soap-opera romance set among children of the 1960s Los Angeles upper crust. Briskin would go on to write a number of blockbuster romances on similar themes, including "After Love" (1974), "Too Much Too Soon" (1985), and the trilogy of novels featuring the Van Vliet Family, "Rich Friends" (1976), "Paloverde" (1978) and "The Onyx" (1982).
NOTE: Some bibliographical confusion has followed from the publisher's statement on verso of the title page: "Published by arrangement with Bantam Books." There was in fact no preceding paperback edition; Bantam had purchased the original rights to the novel and subsequently sold them to Lippincott. In keeping with Lippincott's house style, there is no statement of edition - during this period, Lippincott only noted edition and printing for what it considered "books of importance." Briskin's later books are ubiquitous, but "Calilfornia Generation" has become somewhat hard to find in fine condition.