Fish, Soap and Bonds is both a God’s-eye view of a society that treats homelessness as a slow form of public execution and the story of Fish, a former insurance salesman, now homeless, who can’t forget the past.
At the beginning of the novel, Fish has married Soap, a homeless woman, in an unofficial ceremony on the street, presided over by Bonds, their good friend, another homeless man who was once a deacon in his church. The story is set in the mid-90s, and in many ways, these characters are like any people you’d run into in a novel set at that time. They argue over whether O.J.’s guilty. Soap, a still-attractive woman, yearns for a Clinique make-over. Fish starts every morning obsessed with finding the day’s newspaper to catch up on the news about Rwanda. They deal with the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake and fires. Continue reading Larry Fondation’s Fish, Soap and Bonds: A God’s-Eye View of Homelessness