Pure Hollywood by Christine Schutt


Julia Phillips Disappearing Earth

Shifting Fortunes: Christine Schutt and Julia Phillips

Thursday February 28, 2019
07:00 pm

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“Don’t be fooled by its size. [Pure Hollywood] is a masterwork that hits way harder than its weight class, and achieves what great fiction always achieves—it commands us to be aware.” 

—Matt Sumell, author of Making Nice


In eleven 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.


In league with short-story virtuosos J.D. Salinger, Katherine Mansfield, and Guy de Maupassant, 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.


Christine Schutt is the author of three collections of stories, Nightwork, A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer, and Pure Hollywood. 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.



Julia Phillips is the author of Disappearing Earth, forthcoming from Knopf in May 2019. She is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer TrainThe Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn.