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The Hilliker Curse

(2010)
My Pursuit of Women
A non fiction book by

 
From 'one of the great American writers of our time' (Los Angeles Times Book Review): a raw, explicit memoir as high-intensity and riveting as any of his novels.

The year was 1958. James Ellroy was ten years old. His mother, Jean Hilliker, had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband. She gave her son a choice: live with his father or her. He chose his father, and Jean - 'half gassed' - attacked him. He wished her dead. Three months later, she was murdered.

Ellroy writes, 'I owe her for every true thing that I am. I must remove the malediction I have placed on her and on myself,' and in The Hilliker Curse, he narrates his quest for 'atonement in women.' He unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, a nervous breakdown and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her. It is a layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest. And all of it is reported with gut-wrenching and heart-rending candor.

A brilliant and soul-baring revelation of self - and unlike any memoir you have ever read.

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Hardback Editions

September 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-434-02064-8 / 978-0-434-02064-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women: A Memoir
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-307-59350-9 / 978-0-307-59350-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hilliker Curse
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-307-47739-8 / 978-0-307-47739-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-09-953785-0 / 978-0-09-953785-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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September 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hilliker Curse
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-434-02065-6 / 978-0-434-02065-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

September 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-307-87585-7 / 978-0-307-87585-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Author(s): James Ellroy
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Author(s): James Ellroy
ISBN: 0-307-87587-3 / 978-0-307-87587-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Author(s): James Ellroy
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
Author(s): James Ellroy
Publisher: Vintage
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