Legs Get Led Astray by Chloe Caldwell

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Legs Get Led Astray is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one young woman's life. Chloe Caldwell beautifully and bluntly escorts you through her childhood dreams, her first loves, her most unguarded sexual exploits, bookstore crushes, babysitting jobs, heartbroken wanderlust, and the suicide of a lost lover. Caldwell's writing remarkably explores the genre of personal non-fiction and has been featured in The Rumpus, The Faster Times, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, and is forthcoming in The Nervous Breakdown and Everyday Genius.

"Chloe Caldwell's Legs Get Led Astray is a scorching hot glitter box of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic." --Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, Torch, and Tiny Beautiful Things

"Prepare to shed skin. Chloe Caldwell's essays will dare you to dissect your own life. Shot-through with sexuality and sass, her language will get up in you and turn you inside out in the best possible way." --Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water

About Chloe Caldwell

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Chloe Caldwell is a nonfiction writer living in upstate New York. Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Chronogram, The Frisky, The Sun Magazine, SMITH Magazine, Jewcy, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn and Freerange Nonfiction. She writes a column for The Faster Times called "Love & Music.
Published April 10, 2012 by Future Tense Books. 166 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Stories about the author masturbating face-down on her mother's bed, eating a "guilt-free blue cheese burger" after an orgy, and dropping everything to run to the ex-lover who taught her how to melt and snort heroin will likely keep this collection off some readers' nightstands.

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Persephone Magazine

Love, lust and loneliness — Over and over I say that is what I want to read and what I want to write, and this book makes me want to write.

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Pank Magazine

It’s put to best effect in the first essay, “Barney,” where Chloe chronologically lines up her nostalgia and lets us pull the strings together in deciding what it’s made her.

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I came back to the book for a second read through because the book deserved another look.

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