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Confessions of a Recovering Slut: And Other Love Storiesby Hollis Gillespie
Synopses & Reviews
Confessions of a Recovering Slut is the hilarious and often heartrending sequel to Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch, which concludes with Hollis Gillespie, the daughter of a missile scientist and an alcoholic traveling trailer salesman, at last finding a home of her own. Unfortunately that home just happens to be in one of Atlanta's most dangerous crack neighborhoods — but the place is bound to improve, right?
Wrong. Gillespie is plagued by missing human torsos, murdered policemen, and a drug dealer who keeps setting fire to her neighbor's house &3151; and all this after Hollis discovers that she is inexplicably (except, maybe, for all that acrobatic sex) pregnant. While the neighborhood might have been fine when she was a child-free urban pioneer, it's a nightmare for a mother with nothing but cake pans to bulletproof the baby's room. Gillespie must depend on her three best friends, Daniel, Grant, and Lary, to help her — although Lary makes it no secret that he hopes the paint fumes she inhaled early in her pregnancy will cause the baby to be born inside out — "that way it'll be easier to sell for parts."
Will Gillespie ever feel safe? No matter, she's still Hollis at heart — and, as Lary points out, if not safe, at least "safe from ever being normal."
"NPR commentator Gillespie follows her debut collection of autobiographical essays (Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch) with more tales from Atlanta's dark side. This latest installment of entertaining but uneven pieces uses as fodder Gillespie's friends, family, work as a flight attendant and neighborhood of 'drug addicts, whores, and crack dealers.' The author's straightforward writing style does not limit her subject matter, and she finds humor in the bleakest subjects, like her mother's death from liver cancer or her neighbor's house being set on fire. The pieces range from lighthearted to downright depressing, and as a collection can feel repetitive, as Gillespie retells her family's history whenever she writes about them. Her strongest writing appears when she's talking about her young daughter, Milly (e.g., in 'The Dead Guy,' she relates trying to distract Milly as they drive by a dead person on the side of the road — which is evidently not an uncommon occurrence in her neighborhood). Gillespie's work may appeal to readers in the Atlanta area and fans of her NPR commentaries and previous book, but might be too grim for a wider audience. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Gillespie's knack for keeping questionable company is rivaled only by her ability to write about it in hilarious, often heartbreaking detail....Being a single mother may have mellowed her a bit, but Gillespie's perspective remains deliciously demented and endearingly askew." Booklist
The hilarious sequel to Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch, finds Hollis Gillespie pregnant and in a home of her own in a bad neighborhood. The neighborhood is fine for a single idiot with a bad habit of liking the wrong men but it becomes a nightmare for a new mother with nothing but cake pans to bulletproof the baby's room.
About the Author
Hollis Gillespie a Writer's Digest Breakout Author of the Year, is a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and is the award-winning writer of "Mood Swing," a humor column published in Creative Loafing, Atlanta's major alternative weekly. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with two cats, an incontinent pit bull, and her five-year-old daughter.
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