In thirteen stories written in a style so carefully crafted that they appear etched, Naton Leslie’s characters take a deep breath and make the impossible choices which circumstance, and the will to love and live, make inevitable.
A graduate of Youngstown State University and Ohio University and currently an associate professor of English at Siena College in New York, NATON LESLIE is the author of two books of poetry—Moving To Find Work and Their Shadows Are Dark Daughters—and his poetry has appeared widely in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, California Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and The Texas Review. He has published articles, reviews, and essays in North American Review and Mid-American Review, among others, and his fiction has appeared in such journals as Chariton Review and Ohio Review.
What Readers Are Saying:
"Naton Leslie’s passionately detailed prose wrings meaning from the lives of Americans passed over by the go-go economics of the last thirty years, the working poor of the rust belt and the old upstate New York mill towns gone to seed. His characters are desperately trying to find love and dignity in the wreckage of a society where the old verities—honesty, hard work, fair dealing— don’t count for much any more. Leslie writes with panache, he has a gift for metaphor, every story grabs the reader, every story contains a heart-stopping burst of dramatic intensity." --Douglas Glover, author, The Life and Times of Captain N. and 16 Cat
"Courage, compassion, humor in abundance, a college kid who ruptures Houdini’s appendix, a lab technician who drops Walt Whitman’s brain, a disc jockey orchestrating the memories of the dancers, a woman outwitting loneliness—the range of this collection is dizzying, its authenticity humbling, the stories as engaging as they are relentlessly honest. I read them with immense gratitude." --Stern, author, A Plague of Dreamers and The Wedding Jester