Confessions of a Recovering Slut
And Other Love Stories
By Hollis Gillespie
(William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780060562076, 272pp.)
Publication Date: July 1, 2005
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Confessions of a Recovering Slut is the hilarious and often heartrending sequel to Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch, which concludes with Hollis Gillespie, the daughter of a missile scientist and an alcoholic traveling trailer salesman, at last finding a home of her own. Unfortunately that home just happens to be in one of Atlanta's most dangerous crack neighborhoods -- but the place is bound to improve, right?
Wrong. Gillespie is plagued by missing human torsos, murdered policemen, and a drug dealer who keeps setting fire to her neighbor's house -- and all this after Hollis discovers that she is inexplicably (except, maybe, for all that acrobatic sex) pregnant. While the neighborhood might have been fine when she was a child-free urban pioneer, it's a nightmare for a mother with nothing but cake pans to bulletproof the baby's room. Gillespie must depend on her three best friends, Daniel, Grant, and Lary, to help her -- although Lary makes it no secret that he hopes the paint fumes she inhaled early in her pregnancy will cause the baby to be born inside out -- "that way it'll be easier to sell for parts."
"Will Gillespie ever feel safe? No matter, she's still Hollis at heart -- and, as Lary points out, if not safe, at least "safe from ever being normal."