If you've never read any Alison Lurie then please do: she's one of the best writers working in the English language today and her comedies of manners are subtle, wise and far more profound than they might appear at first glance. She also debunks the received idea that America has no class system.
Mostly her novels, while written in the 60s, 70s and 80s, have a timeless quality. This is less true of The Nowhere City than others given that some of the characters are beatniks and their language, such as referring to people as 'cat's, is comically dated; still, the human nature on display has not changed, nor the vexed relationships between men and women -- the subject which are Lurie's bread and butter. It also differs from such classics as Love & Friendship and The War Between the Tates by being set in Los Angeles, the eponymous city, where a pair of east-coast preppies are fishes out of water, with all their smug assumptions challenged, for good or ill.