Rats in the Trees is a collection of interconnected short stories by Oakland based writer Jess Mowry
The edition I first saw was in a book shop on Union Street in Aberdeen and had a photo-collage cover which incorporated a skateboard in the design, so I bought it. The central character of the stories is a young skater kid, Robbie, who runs away to Oakland but Jess Mowry himself does a better job than I of summarizing the book here. If you’ve never read it then consider this my official recommendation. If you need further persuasion then the following is a video of Div reading an excerpt.
Rats in the Trees was first published in 1990.