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The most iconic surfer in Southern California was born in… Hungary. Emigrating to Los Angeles as a baby, he was raised partly by his father, a sophisticated European wine lover and restaurateur, and partly by his mother and her new husband, a hard-charging surfer named Gard Chapin. After Gard’s rumored murder, Miki is never the same.

The Host

Dana Goodyear

Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of two collections of poetry. Her nonfiction debut, Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making…