Essays

The Afterlife of Detritus: MacArthur Park

The Afterlife of Detritus: MacArthur Park By Judith Freeman, Anthony Hernandez  Air Light Magazine / Neighborhoods Project / July 25, 2021 1. The first time I went to see him in his apartment in MacArthur Park, it was an April night in 1985. I didn’t really know the neighborhood; I was living on the other side of the city, in

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The Port of Missing Women

The Port of Missing Women What is it about Philip Marlowe and female foils? A biographer reimagines his legacy.   BY JUDITH FREEMAN   September 29, 2020 For some time, I’ve imagined writing a novel titled The Port of Missing Women, a term I came across while doing research for my biography of Raymond Chandler, The Long Embrace. It refers to the many young women

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Photographing a Life – Tina Barney

Photographing a life Tina Barney to discuss photography career at Community Library with Judith Freeman Andy Kerstetter  Dec 27, 2017 Photographer Tina Barney is known for her large-scale, color portraits of her family and close friends, many of whom are well-to-do inhabitants of New York and New England. “Once I started, my curiosity has never ceased.”  Tina Barney, Photographer Before

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The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat

The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat By Judith Freeman / Published March 25, 2017 – Los Angeles Review of Books I ONCE OWNED a dress I loved so much that every time I wore it, I felt like an actress in a French New Wave film. The dress was red, a perfect Titian red, with a close fitting bodice

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MacArthur Park

Publish date: October 12, 2021

A captivating, emotionally taut, beautifully written story about the complexities of a friendship between two women—and how it shapes and reshapes, both of their lives

Praise

“Judith Freeman has long been one of our wisest and wiliest radicals. She’s never written a book more daring than MacArthur Park, an audacious novel that is several books in one: a revealing piece of auto-fiction, a story about an alter-ego female friendship, a portrait of a tricky marriage, a vivid road trip along little known Western highways, a debate between different visions of art (and womanhood!), and a rumination on the importance of finding somewhere to call home. As scrupulous and beautifully observed as all her work, this is one of those books that gets better and better as you go along.”—John Powers, Critic at Large, Fresh Air with Terry Gross

“I’m a longtime fan of Judith Freeman’s work, but I believe she’s surpassed herself with MacArthur Park. It’s as though she’s distilled all she’s learned and experienced in her life and turned it into a beautiful story of friendship filled with gorgeous prose and deep emotion. She explores what it means to be an artist, delves into the vicissitudes of life and death, and takes us on a journey through the splendor (and sometimes ugliness) of the American West—with dollops of Flaubert, Faulkner, Chekhov, Collette, and Chandler along the way.”—Lisa See, author of The Island of Sea Women

“Judith Freeman’s luminously written tale of two friends on a journey toward self-resolution shines with grace, wisdom, and compassion. I was so entranced by the inner and outer worlds Freeman creates, I didn’t want this heart-opening book to end.”—Barbara Feldon, actor/author of Living Alone & Loving it!

“[MacArthur Park] . . . a spellbinding, exquisitely written new novel about a long marriage and a longer, difficult friendship, stands as proof that the examined life is well worth the telling. This is a book that a young novelist, no matter how dazzling, could never produce: MacArthur Park is emotionally mature, steeped in experience, and luminous from a lifetime of paying fierce, close attention to the world and its maddening humans. A beauty of a book.”—Michelle Huneven, author of Blame

Judith Freeman is the author of the following works of fiction: Family Attractions, The Chinchilla FarmA Desert of Pure FeelingRed Water, Set for Life, and the nonfiction book: The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and The Woman He Loved.

Her newest novel, MacArthur Park, will be released October 12, 2021. 


The Latter Days

The Long Embrace

Book Cover - Red Water

A Desert of Pure Feeling

Set For Life

The Chinchilla Farm
The Chinchilla Farm

Family Attractions

Copyright 2021 – Judith Freeman – all rights reserved.

Essays

The Afterlife of Detritus: MacArthur Park

The Afterlife of Detritus: MacArthur Park By Judith Freeman, Anthony Hernandez  Air Light Magazine / Neighborhoods Project / July 25, 2021 1. The first time I went to see him in his apartment in MacArthur Park, it was an April night in 1985. I didn’t really know the neighborhood; I was living on the other side of the city, in

Read More »

The Port of Missing Women

The Port of Missing Women What is it about Philip Marlowe and female foils? A biographer reimagines his legacy.   BY JUDITH FREEMAN   September 29, 2020 For some time, I’ve imagined writing a novel titled The Port of Missing Women, a term I came across while doing research for my biography of Raymond Chandler, The Long Embrace. It refers to the many young women

Read More »

Photographing a Life – Tina Barney

Photographing a life Tina Barney to discuss photography career at Community Library with Judith Freeman Andy Kerstetter  Dec 27, 2017 Photographer Tina Barney is known for her large-scale, color portraits of her family and close friends, many of whom are well-to-do inhabitants of New York and New England. “Once I started, my curiosity has never ceased.”  Tina Barney, Photographer Before

Read More »

The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat

The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat By Judith Freeman / Published March 25, 2017 – Los Angeles Review of Books I ONCE OWNED a dress I loved so much that every time I wore it, I felt like an actress in a French New Wave film. The dress was red, a perfect Titian red, with a close fitting bodice

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