The Hilliker Curse

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The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women
The Hilliker Curse book cover hardcover first edition.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorJames Ellroy
CountryUnited States
SubjectAutobiography, relations with women, family relationships, mothers, death, psychological aspect
Publication date
September 7, 2010
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback) and audio CD, audiobook, audible audio edition, Amazon Kindle
813/.54 B
LC ClassPS3555.L6274 Z46 2010

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women is a work of memoir and autobiography by American author James Ellroy published in 2010. Ellroy dedicated the memoir "To Erika Schickel." The epigraph for The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women is "I will take Fate by the throat. —Ludwig van Beethoven." The hardcover publication is printed on deckle edge paper. The unabridged audiobook version is narrated by Ellroy himself.

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women chronicles Ellroy's childhood, his confession of guilt over wishing his mother- Geneva Odelia (née Hilliker) Ellroy- dead, his wild teen life, love affairs, marriages, and finally, his finding of an extraordinary woman whom Ellroy refers to as "Her." It is a narrative of emotion, insight, sexuality, and spiritual quest.