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Goodbye to Jim Harrison

March 30, 2016

Jim Harrison, who died last weekend, was a writer whose work I deeply admired.  I met him only twice, once at the annual St. Malo writer’s conference on the coast of Brittany, once at the wake for our mutual friend James Welch in his hometown of Missoula, Montana.  In St. Malo we ate great platters…




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Review – How L.A. became itself: Jean Stein’s new oral history ‘West of Eden’

March 7, 2016

Review from the LA Times  February 4, 2016      By Judith Freeman   When Raymond Chandler left Los Angeles in 1946, decamping with his elderly wife for the calmer environs of La Jolla, he did so because he had become fed up with the city. Once a place that that had captivated his imagination…




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L.A.’s Rampart District Gave Me the Life I Wanted to Lead

February 29, 2016

Novelist Judith Freeman Reflects on Her Three-Decades-Long Relationship With Her Neighborhood BY JUDITH FREEMAN | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 When I first moved into the Rampart neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986, the gunfire down the alley outside our bedroom often kept me awake at night—not just the pop-pop of single shots but the stuttering rat-a-tat of automatic…




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Welcome to the official website of Judith Freeman, author of the following fiction works:  Family Attractions, The Chinchilla FarmA Desert of Pure FeelingRed Water, and the nonfiction book: The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved.

What Critics Are Saying About The Long Embrace:

“Compelling . . . Ms. Freeman knows Los Angeles as well as Marlowe himself . . . Like Cissy, when she crooks her finger, it’s impossible not to follow.” - The New York Times

“Aches with emotion and loneliness. . . Until now, no other book has made us view this great American writer afresh.” - Los Angeles Times

“May be the essential book on Raymond Chandler. Like his books, it offers a rational solution to a puzzle while at the same time retaining a sense of mystery.” - Chicago Tribune

“Complex and delicate . . . enthralled and enthralling . . The Long Embrace is one of the literary events of the year.”  - Los Angeles Magazine

“Atmospheric and unusual . . . A restless hallucination of a book about a woman obsessed by a mystery that she knows she will never solve—and perhaps does not wish to solve.”  - The New York Review of Books

Her memoir, The Latter Days, will be published by Pantheon Books on June 7th.  Here are a few early reactions to this new book:

"The Latter Days, written with thoughtful, hard-won honesty, is the record of a girl growing up in a closed society rigidly governed by a male religious hierarchy-a profoundly undemocratic system that claims to embody American values. Painfully but with no rancor, Freeman makes vivid the security of belonging and the rewards of obedience, the costs of security and obedience, and the rewards and costs of seeking freedom. A brave and valuable book."  - Ursula K Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness

"A poignant, searching memoir of self-discovery." - Kirkus Reviews

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Goodbye to Jim Harrison

March 30, 2016

Jim Harrison, who died last weekend, was a writer whose work I deeply admired.  I met him only twice, once at the annual St. Malo writer’s conference on the coast of Brittany, once at the wake for our mutual friend James Welch in his hometown of Missoula, Montana.  In St. Malo we ate great platters…




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Review – How L.A. became itself: Jean Stein’s new oral history ‘West of Eden’

March 7, 2016

Review from the LA Times  February 4, 2016      By Judith Freeman   When Raymond Chandler left Los Angeles in 1946, decamping with his elderly wife for the calmer environs of La Jolla, he did so because he had become fed up with the city. Once a place that that had captivated his imagination…




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L.A.’s Rampart District Gave Me the Life I Wanted to Lead

February 29, 2016

Novelist Judith Freeman Reflects on Her Three-Decades-Long Relationship With Her Neighborhood BY JUDITH FREEMAN | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 When I first moved into the Rampart neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986, the gunfire down the alley outside our bedroom often kept me awake at night—not just the pop-pop of single shots but the stuttering rat-a-tat of automatic…




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Books

The Latter Days
The Long Embrace
Book Cover - Red Water
Red Water
A Desert of Pure Feeling
A Desert of Pure Feeling
Set For Life
Set For Life
The Chinchilla Farm
The Chinchilla Farm
Family Attractions
Family Attractions