Schutt's sixth book is similar to those that have come before - small, tightly wound sentences populating stories that feel like they may explode at any moment and forever alter your perception of how we should tell stories. But in Pure Hollywood, the writing is elevated from mere brilliance to the stuff of legend.
Loaded with fearsome imagery and poetic turns of phrase, Schutt's work is literary binary traction, the grotesque and the beautiful feeding off one another in a way that is beyond thrilling.
The sensational new story collection from one of our sharpest, most original, and daringly cinematic stylists, National Book Award finalist and O Henry Prize winner Christine Schutt. In one eponymous novella and ten stories, Pure Hollywood brings us into private worlds of corrupt familial love, intimacy, longing, and danger. From an alcoholic widowed actress living in desert seclusion to a young mother whose rejection of her child has terrible consequences, from a newlywed couple who ignore the violent warnings of a painter burned by love to an eerie portrait of erotic obsession, each story is an imagistic snapshot of what it means to live and learn, love and hurt. With Pure Hollywood Christine Schutt gives us sharply suspenseful and masterfully dark interior portraits of ordinary lives, infused with her signature observation and surprise. Timeless, incisive, and precise, these tales are a rush of blood to the head, portals through which we open our eyes and see the world anew.
About the Author
CHRISTINE SCHUTT is the author of two collections of stories, Nightwork and A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer. She is also the author of the novels Prosperous Friends, Florida, a National Book Award finalist, and All Souls, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.