This photo of me with Ursula K Le Guin was taken in 1989 at my first reading at Powell's Bookstore. What an honor to have counted this remarkable woman and brilliant writer as a friend for all these years!

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San Francisco Chronicle – July 22 – by Jeff Baker – “Who wouldn’t want to keep reading?”

July 22, 2016

Judith Freeman uses a famous quote from Czeslaw Milosz on the last page of her new memoir, “The Latter Days”: “When a writer is born into a family,” Milosz said, “the family is finished.” It’s tempting to buy into such literary fatalism after reading Freeman’s account of her life as a stylish young rebel in…




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Utah Public Radio – Interview – Podcast

July 8, 2016

At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was working in the LDS Church-owned department store in the Utah town where she’d grown up. In the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, she was living in her parents’ house with her four-year old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries. She had abandoned Mormonism,…




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Barnes & Noble – “TOP OF THE LONG LIST”

June 27, 2016

Barnes & Noble picks The Latter Days for “Top of the Long List” in their “Our Week in Review” For June 24, 2016.




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The Salt Lake City Tribune: Judith Freeman is set free by the truth of her Mormon girlhood

June 27, 2016

The Salt Lake City Tribune: Books – Judith Freeman is set free by the truth of her Mormon girlhood – By Ellen Fag Weist ….  As a narrator, Freeman’s voice is direct and distanced, recounting the encompassing collective of her family and LDS neighbors, while examining the repressed sexuality of a patriarchal culture. She describes her…




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Salt Lake City Weekly: Essential Picks for Tuesday June 28

June 23, 2016

TUESDAY 6.28 Judith Freeman: The Latter Days Memoir may be a common literary form, and around these parts, it may seem that there’s a new memoir every day or so about growing up in—and often alienation from—the LDS Church. But there’s a uniquely contemplative quality to Judith Freeman’s The Latter Days, which chronicles a life…




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

Her memoir, The Latter Days, will be published by Pantheon Books on June 7th.  The Chicago Tribune chose this "must-read memoir" as one of the "30 books you should read this summer".

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

"An affecting and tender memoir." -  Ron Carlson

"A beautiful, surprising, elegant memoir" - Janet Fitch

 

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

 

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San Francisco Chronicle – July 22 – by Jeff Baker – “Who wouldn’t want to keep reading?”

July 22, 2016

Judith Freeman uses a famous quote from Czeslaw Milosz on the last page of her new memoir, “The Latter Days”: “When a writer is born into a family,” Milosz said, “the family is finished.” It’s tempting to buy into such literary fatalism after reading Freeman’s account of her life as a stylish young rebel in…




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Utah Public Radio – Interview – Podcast

July 8, 2016

At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was working in the LDS Church-owned department store in the Utah town where she’d grown up. In the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, she was living in her parents’ house with her four-year old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries. She had abandoned Mormonism,…




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Barnes & Noble – “TOP OF THE LONG LIST”

June 27, 2016

Barnes & Noble picks The Latter Days for “Top of the Long List” in their “Our Week in Review” For June 24, 2016.




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The Salt Lake City Tribune: Judith Freeman is set free by the truth of her Mormon girlhood

June 27, 2016

The Salt Lake City Tribune: Books – Judith Freeman is set free by the truth of her Mormon girlhood – By Ellen Fag Weist ….  As a narrator, Freeman’s voice is direct and distanced, recounting the encompassing collective of her family and LDS neighbors, while examining the repressed sexuality of a patriarchal culture. She describes her…




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Salt Lake City Weekly: Essential Picks for Tuesday June 28

June 23, 2016

TUESDAY 6.28 Judith Freeman: The Latter Days Memoir may be a common literary form, and around these parts, it may seem that there’s a new memoir every day or so about growing up in—and often alienation from—the LDS Church. But there’s a uniquely contemplative quality to Judith Freeman’s The Latter Days, which chronicles a life…




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Books

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