Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein

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Because her memoir is told with some time behind it, Stein is able to reexamine and to edit her story, or at least to reframe it.
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Set against the stark and surreal landscape of New Mexico, Land of Enchantment is a coming-of-age memoir about young love, obsession, and loss, and how a person can imprint a place in your mind forever.
 
When Leigh Stein received a call from an unknown number in July 2011, she let it go to voice mail, assuming it would be her ex-boyfriend Jason. Instead, the call was from his brother: Jason had been killed in a motorcycle accident. He was twenty-three years old. She had seen him alive just a few weeks earlier.

Leigh first met Jason at an audition for a tragic play. He was nineteen and troubled and intensely magnetic, a dead ringer for James Dean. Leigh was twenty-two and living at home with her parents, trying to figure out what to do with her young adult life. Within months, they had fallen in love and moved to New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” a place neither of them had ever been. But what was supposed to be a romantic adventure quickly turned sinister, as Jason’s behavior went from playful and spontaneous to controlling and erratic, eventually escalating to violence. Now New Mexico was marked by isolation and the anxiety of how to leave a man she both loved and feared. Even once Leigh moved on to New York, throwing herself into her work, Jason and their time together haunted her.

Land of Enchantment
lyrically explores the heartbreaking complexity of why the person hurting you the most can be impossible to leave.. With searing honesty and cutting humor, Leigh wrestles with what made her fall in love with someone so destructive and how to grieve a man who wasn’t always good to her.
 

About Leigh Stein

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This is Leigh Stein's first novel, although at 26 she is already an accomplished writer. A former New Yorker staffer and frequent contributor to its "Book Bench" blog, her poetry has been published in numerous journals, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and earned her Poets & Writers Magazine's Amy Award. She lives in Brooklyn, where she works in children's publishing and teaches musical theater to elementary school students.
 
Published August 2, 2016 by Plume. 220 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 23 2016

Stein’s compelling, sincere voice emerges full strength from this illuminating, soul-searching story of an emotionally crippling romance.

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Reviewed by Tara-Michelle Ziniuk on Aug 08 2016

Because her memoir is told with some time behind it, Stein is able to reexamine and to edit her story, or at least to reframe it.

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