The Hilliker Curse

The Hilliker Curse

My Pursuit of Women

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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
0307593509
Branch Call Number: Biography EL592e
Characteristics: 203 p. ; 22 cm

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filmgoerjuan
Jul 05, 2011

Best to avoid reading this if you're a fan of Ellroy's fiction and want to preserve any illusion that he's not as messed up and disturbed as you might have suspected. While you start off feeling sympathy for Ellroy's situation as a child; his behaviour as an adult (and justification of why he's such a jerk and serial adulterer) grows increasingly disturbing and wearisome. It's not aided by his hypocritical claims of religious conviction. All-in-all, this feels like a cathartic exercise for Ellroy and an unsettling one for the reader. He should be telling this to his therapist, not to us.

debwalker Nov 18, 2010

The writer of politically intertwined meta-crime novels like The Black Dahlia reveals his very complicated relationship with women throughout the decades, which he traces back to the murder of his mother when he was a child.

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