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Leslie Jamison  

Novelist and Essayist Known for "The Gin Closet" and "The Empathy Exams"

Leslie was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. Since then, she's lived in Iowa, Nicaragua, New Haven, and New York. She's worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. Every one of these was a world; they're still in her.

She's written a novel, "The Gin Closet," and a collection of essays, "The Empathy Exams." Her work has appeared or will appear in places like Harper's, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Believer. She's a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, and she's currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives. Leslie lives in Brooklyn, above a smoke shop.


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