Monday, January 7, 2019

Pure Hollywood
by Christine Schutt

Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Pages: 144
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  In 11 captivating tales, 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, a newlywed couple who ignore the violent warnings of a painter burned by love, to an eerie portrait of erotic obsession, each story in Pure Hollywood is an imagistic snapshot of what it means to live and learn love and hurt.


Kritters Thoughts:  I don't tend to read a lot of short story collections, but usually when I do I remind myself that I really like them - this was not the case.  I couldn't connect or care about any of the stories.  The way I rate short story collections is if I have the feeling that I wish at least one or more of the stories were to be expanded into a full novel, then that is a good collection in my book.  I couldn't find one story in this collection that I wanted more from.  

I am going to keep this short and quick since I don't want to dwell on the negative.  I would love to hear if you have read something else by Christine Schutt and if I should try something else?



Rating: not such a good read


Ebook 2018 Challenge:  93 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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