From ldquo;one of the great American writers of our timerdquo; (Los Angeles Times Book Review): a raw, explicit memoir as high-intensity and riveting as any of his novels. The year was 1958. James Ellroy was ten years old. His mother, Jean Hilliker, had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband. She gave her son a choice: live with his father or her. He chose his father, and Jean-ldquo;half gassedrdquo;-attacked him. He wished her dead. Three months later, she was murdered. Ellroy writes, ldquo;I owe her for every true thing that I am. I must remove the malediction I have placed on her and on myself,rdquo; and inThe Hilliker Curse,he narrates his quest for ldquo;atonement in women.rdquo; He unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, a nervous breakdown and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her. It is a layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest.
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September 06, 2010
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