It's almost the holiday weekend and we're celebrating by treating ourselves to Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman, Eve's Hollywood by Eve Babitz, and There Once Lived a Woman Who Tired to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.More
I have already committed my full holiday weekend to Hot Little Hands, a familiar yet highly inventive collection of short fiction which hits virtually all my buttons: dark humor, complex female characters, and a strong summer camp storyline. Best not disturb me in my hammock except to bring me avocados or lemonade.
I don't know why it took me so long to get around to Eve's Hollywood. Although it was highly recommended by pretty much everyone I admire, the idea of reading about a beautiful young woman's adventures in 1950s Hollywood seemed like 100% not the thing I wanted to spend time with. Like, ever. But some books know when to find you — or you know when to find them — AND BOY WAS I EVER WRONG! Eve Babitz's diaristic writing immediately drew me into her world. Her obsession with the Mexican girls that attended her school and her detailed description of their dangerous and sensual presence lit me up inside. It's so good that I don't want to finish it, but I know that whenever I need to read it again, it will be ready for me, and it will be even better.