The Hillker Curse

The Hillker Curse

My Pursuit of Women

Book - 2010
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The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir—as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels—about his obsessive search for “atonement in women.”

The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and “summoned her dead.” She was murdered three months later.

The Hilliker Curse
is a predator’s confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de cœur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her.

A layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest, The Hilliker Curse is a brilliant, soul-baring revelation of self. It is unlike any memoir you have ever read.

Baker & Taylor
The author relates his guilt over his mother's murder shortly after he wished her dead at the age of ten, in a tribute that considers his mother's role in shaping his relationships and views on women.

Baker
& Taylor

The best-selling author of the L. A. Quartet presents a follow-up to his Time Best Book of the Year memoir, My Dark Places, that imparts his guilt over his mother's murder shortly after he wished her dead at the age of 10, in a tribute that considers his mother's role in shaping his relationships and views on women. 150,000 first printing.
The legendary crime writer unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought "Her."

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307593504
Branch Call Number: 813.54 ELL
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Characteristics: 203 p

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