The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison

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Knowing that authors like Leslie Jamison are out there writing books gives a new dose of hope to American letters. There really is not one page in this book that would defy a reasonable discussion of the developing theme or of writing style itself.
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams and the memoir The Recovering, Leslie Jamison’s “exquisitely beautiful” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel about three generations of women and the inescapable brutality of love.

As a young woman, Tilly flees home for the hollow underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. One day, after Tilly has spent nearly thirty years without a family, drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece Stella—who has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City—arrives on the doorstep of Tilly’s desert trailer. The Gin Closet unravels the strange and powerful intimacy that forms between them. With an uncanny ear for dialogue and a witty, unflinching candor about sex, love, and power, Leslie Jamison reminds us that no matter how unexpected its turns, the life we’re given is all we have: the cruelties that unhinge us, the beauties that clarify us, the addictions that deform us, those fleeting possibilities of grace that fade as quickly as they come. The Gin Closet marks the debut of a stunning new talent in fiction.
 

About Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison has been published in BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES 2008, A Public Space and Black Warrior Review Originally from Los Angeles, she went to Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in English literature at Yale.  She is 25 years old.
 
Published January 26, 2010 by Free Press. 292 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lorayne Burns Lorayne Burns on Jul 20 2017

Knowing that authors like Leslie Jamison are out there writing books gives a new dose of hope to American letters. There really is not one page in this book that would defy a reasonable discussion of the developing theme or of writing style itself.

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