Dorothy L’Amour

Dorothy L’Amour
HarperCollins, 1999

Inspired by the life and death of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten, Lynn Crosbie’s DOROTHY L’AMOUR tests the bounds of literary fiction, catapulting it into exciting and disturbing new territory.

DOROTHY L’AMOUR is an imagined journal, a through-the-looking-glass vision of a unique life at the height of late ’70s excess. Written in the voice of Dorothy Stratten, a blond and beautiful Canadian who became Hugh Hefner’s “golden lady,” this is the story of Dorothy’s short life and violent death at the hands of her estranged husband, Paul.

In a voice that flashes from the naive to the ribald, from a young girl trying to come to terms with her developing body to a sensual and sophisticated young woman, Crosbie has created an unsettling and brilliant portrait. Provocative in its truths, luminous in its prose, DOROTHY L’AMOUR is an absorbing read from a gifted writer.