My Life with Mickey shares five memories of Mickey Spillane, acclaimed pulp fiction writer, as told by his wife, Jane Spillane. The audiobook version, on a 2-CD set, adds one more story to the collection.
Still residing in the house she and Mickey shared in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Jane shares vivid stories of their life together — from their meeting while Jane was “riding her tricycle” to Mickey’s death in 2006. Each chapter is paired with artful photographs of the Spillane household, including Mickey’s most prized and beloved possessions.
Murrells Inlet, an intimate fishing village, provides a fitting backdrop for this rare glimpse into the man behind Mike Hammer, who as Jane says, “wasn’t at all like the books he wrote and characters he created.” Jane’s stories show the multiplicity of Mickey Spillane – heroic defender, thoughtful husband and father, and unfailing optimist – even in the destruction of Hurricane Hugo. Each captivating chapter adds another dimension to Mickey and the dynamic relationship that he and Jane shared.
This publication represents the first in The Athenaeum Press’ chapbook projects, the result of close collaboration between the project initiator (Jane Spillane) and a student production team (writer Andrew Lesh, photographer Amanda O’Brien and designers Sarah Swartz and Sarah Evans).