Pure Hollywood: And Other Stories

Pure Hollywood: And Other Stories

by Christine Schutt


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ISBN-13: 9780802129222
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 385,394
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

"It doesn't matter what anyone says. If the work is good, eventually it will be found," National Book Award finalist Christine Schutt told The New York Times Magazine. "I used to imagine that my work would be discovered after I am dead, but it's much nicer to be recognized in one's lifetime."

Place of Birth:

Watertown, Wisconsin


B.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin; M.F.A., Columbia University

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The late afternoon sky he saw was the same Mimi saw leeched of all its color. Mimi, with her eyes stung from the smoke or crying or both, drew the drapes and turned on a downstairs light, a small flame in the gloom of the mostly bare and sunken living room. The Eames chair—her husband's—startled her: where had it been that she had not seen it? Then her lawyer, good on his word, called, and she learned what she already knew: nothing was hers.

Briefly sober, she called Stetson’s cell to say she wasn’t going to drink anymore and she wished he would come back. She didn’t like to be alone in the house. “I want to get better. I want to get over this. I wish you’d pick up,” she said, then blipped off hurt to think he hadn’t even answered a call with her name She fixed herself more of the same and lowered the blinds in the kitchen and in the dining room to spy on the gardener as he moved around the house. His expression was hard to make out, but she watched him wrestle the hose into a terra cotta pot; the hose must have weighed more than he did, poor man. When she thought he might come to the front door, Mimi took off her mules and crept through the house up the floating staircase to what she had made into her bedroom where she hid between the bed and the wall.

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rachforevers More than 1 year ago
Pure Hollywood is sharply talented, uncomfortable at times, and thoroughly engrossing. Schutt writes with precision and a sharp lyrical poeticism in this collection of short stories. Her stories focus in on gardens and deserts, cultivation and despair, and finding what comes from loss. Schutt’s prose is clean as a knife, and feels just as dangerous. From an old woman whose husband has died, to a young couple on vacation with their child, these stories ring with a brutal honesty. The story of a woman seeking an escape on a dude ranch is a particular jewel in this collection. These stories stick in the mind like burrs, and how oddly pleasant it is to have been prodded by such a talent as Schutt. Thanks to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for the advance digital copy. All opinions are my own.