Charles’ Bukowski’s Scarlet, a Memoir by Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood pulls you in from the opening paragraph:

It began as a whim. It would end the same way. In between, I would spend almost two years with Charles Bukowski and find myself both celebrated and castigated in his writing. He would exalt me as his muse and his missing piece. I would inspire volumes of prose and poetry affirming his love and passion for me, including his rare book of love poems written as a paean to me, titled Scarlet. He would then excoriate me as elusive, vicious, and unfeeling. He would fall madly in love with me and I would drive him mad.”

When I met the author in late 2007, I learned she intended to write her memoir as part of a bucket list she’d created in response to losing people close to her. Since I’m a long-time fan of all things Bukowski, I felt honored to meet his muse, who it turned out could spin a great story herself. I’m sure Buk would smile at Pam’s recollection of their relationship. With humor, warmth, insight, and a deft touch, Pamela Cupcakes Wood brings Charles Bukowski to vivid life once again.

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