Pure Hollywood by Christine Schutt

‘A truly gifted writer.’
George Saunders

Christine Schutt

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And Other Stories

Publication date:
10 May 2018

With Pure Hollywood, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Christine Schutt returns to the short story form that launched her acclaimed career.

In tales of rare wit, Pure Hollywood brings us into private worlds of longing and danger. An alcoholic actress takes her children to live in ‘a rusted box on stilts’ in the desert. In an exclusive island resort, a young family’s holiday has terrible consequences. A newly-wed couple who, while still ‘newly everything’, fall in with a misanthropic painter burned by love. ‘On the beach, they agreed, their daydreaming was sometimes dangerous.’

Schutt’s sharply suspenseful and masterfully dark interior portraits of ordinary lives are shot through with surprise and, as Ottessa Moshfegh has it, ‘exquisitely weird writing’.

Praise for Christine Schutt and Pure Hollywood

  • ‘The collection maintains a dark wit that keeps it buoyant . . . Schutt offers surprising reminders of the ghastly and gruesome that are never too far away . . . Intimate portrayals of darkness told in Schutt’s tight and affecting prose.’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • ‘Nobody writes like Schutt, and her latest collection is the perfect entry point for readers new to her work.’ Publishers Weekly
  • ‘A truly gifted writer.’ George Saunders
  • ‘Pared down but rich, dense, fevered, exactly right and eerily beautiful’ John Ashbery
  • ‘Christine Schutt continues to write some of the most original and rewarding prose I’ve ever read.’ Sam Lipsyte
  • Pure Hollywood is pure gold. In tales of rare wit and verve, Christine Schutt leads us into the lives of her perfectly drawn characters–couples young and old, children, skinny men, charming women–and dances on masterful prose through gardens, alcohol (often too much), luxurious homes, and resort vacation spots. Come for the art of her exquisitely weird writing and stay for the human drama. I loved each story–the quick flashes as well as the longer stories. Each one damaged my composure as a reader and fascinated me as a writer. Bravo!’ Ottessa Moshfegh
  • ‘Christine Schutt is already easily among the liveliest stylists of our time, and these eleven stories prove we ain’t seen nothing yet. Each is a wonder, pickled in her crystalline idiom and cured under her brutal, astonishing wit.’ Claire Vaye Watkins
  • ‘With terse sentences that read like poetry, Schutt strips each scene of excess context and cuts to the heart of the moment . . . Schutt’s haunting yet lyrical words linger long after the final page.’ Los Angeles Times
  • ‘Shot through with Woolf’s lyrical, restless spirit.’ New York Times Book Review
  • ‘Her sentences never waste a phrase or even a word.’ Washington Post

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