Notes: A novel about a pretty woman living the party life in Los Angeles who realizes that it is time to do something with her life. There has been a Babitz revival in recent years, with new editions of her work appearing—the reissue of this novel was on NPR's list of the best books of 2017.
Shortly after her death in 2021, the Huntington Library acquired her papers. According to Babitz's sister, “When I told Eve that The Huntington was very interested in her archive, she said, ‘I would love to be with Blue Boy and Pinkie again, like when we were kids. It’s as classy as the Beverly Hills Hotel so I know I’ll be happy there.’”
Edition + Condition: First edition (stated). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. This copy is inscribed, in Babitz's typical faux-intimate way, "To Gregg Barrios without you I would be nothing. Love Eve Babitz." Barrios was a Chicano artist and writer who lived for a time in Los Angeles. Signed books by Babitz are surprisingly uncommon.
Publication: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.
Item No: #361565