Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood . . .
A Memoir

“It began as a whim” —an impulsive meeting between the
iconic Charles Bukowski and his famed muse, Pamela “Cupcakes” Wood and led to a two-year relationship that Wood chronicles in this straightforward memoir. Her story is refreshingly blunt as she details their often ridiculous, yet charming relationship.

This is a Bukowski enthusiast’s dream—a total immersion into his life with the independent and spirited “Scarlet,” the woman he wrote about in the book of the same name, plusmany poems. She appears as “Tammie” in Bukowski’s book Women.

Who is Scarlet? What was the powerful chemistry between Bukowski and the woman whose identity intrigued so many? Written with engaging wit, this is an insightful, honest recollection of their life together: loving, humorous, complicated and, at times, outrageous. We see Buk as a gifted, flawed man and glimpse his simmering violence when under the influence of alcohol, yet we appreciate him for his deeply sensitive and compassionate underlying nature.

“. . . This is the real deal. Well-written, vivid and moving. While reading it I felt as though I was there in the living room with her and Bukowski.”
     —Dan Fante, author of 86’d and Chump Change

“. . . Scarlet reminds the reader of why they admire Charles Bukowski, deepening their understanding of a complex and ultimately loveable personality.”
     —Howard Sounes, author of the classic Bukowski biography Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life

Trade Paperback, 240 pages —$15.95
6" x 9" — ISBN 9780941543583

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