The Strange Promise of a Genuine Squirrel Coat

Mar 27, 2017

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 and full skirt,…

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L.A.’s Rampart District Gave Me the Life I Wanted to Lead

Feb 29, 2016

Novelist Judith Freeman Reflects on Her Three-Decades-Long Relationship With Her Neighborhood BY JUDITH FREEMAN | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 When I first moved into the Rampart neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986, the gunfire down the alley outside our bedroom often kept me awake at night—not just the pop-pop of single shots but the stuttering rat-a-tat of automatic…

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The Chicago Tribune: The Latter Days is one of the “30 books you should read this summer”.

Jun 4, 2016

The Chicago Tribune called this a “must-read memoir” as chose it as one of the “30 books you should read this summer“. “The Latter Days by Judith Freeman (June 7, Pantheon, 336 pages, $27.95): Judith Freeman has written four novels, a short story collection and a biography of Raymond Chandler. Now she opens up about…

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Jun 3, 2016

From Religion Dispatches – USC Annenberg – by Joanna Brooks / June 1, 1016 “Who do you think you are—to want to be a writer?” These are the words that haunt the young Mormon girl who is the protagonist of Judith Freeman’s new memoir, The Latter Days (Pantheon). Freeman, whose breakout novel The Chinchilla Farm…

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Ursula K. LeGuin interview

May 13, 2016

There’s a terrific interview with Ursula K. Le Guin in the recent issue of the Harvard Design Magazine, “Dragons, Poets, and the Real World.”  The interviewer is Martti Kalliala. In the same issue my friend Tina Barney has a photograph:  the theme of the issue is “Family.”   Check it out here:    

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Goodbye to Jim Harrison

Mar 30, 2016

Jim Harrison, who died last weekend, was a writer whose work I deeply admired.  I met him only twice, once at the annual St. Malo writer’s conference on the coast of Brittany, once at the wake for our mutual friend James Welch in his hometown of Missoula, Montana.  In St. Malo we ate great platters…

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Review – How L.A. became itself: Jean Stein’s new oral history ‘West of Eden’

Mar 7, 2016

Review from the LA Times  February 4, 2016      By Judith Freeman   When Raymond Chandler left Los Angeles in 1946, decamping with his elderly wife for the calmer environs of La Jolla, he did so because he had become fed up with the city. Once a place that that had captivated his imagination…

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

Jun 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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Barnes & Noble – “TOP OF THE LONG LIST”

Jun 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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Utah Public Radio – Interview – Podcast

Jul 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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