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

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

  • The Chinchilla Farm is a tremendous coup for a first novel, for any novel. Freeman reintroduces us to an America of transcendental landscapes, cultures like forgotten flowers, and festive, fierce cities. — Pagan Kennedy of The Nation