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Advance Praise for Sibs:
Nathan Leslie writes with controlled energy and lyricism that reminds us of our most lucid dreams. At the same time he writes with piercing insight about the modus operandi of contemporary society. He is one of the most satisfying and exciting writers of his generation.
—Richard Burgin, author of Shadow Traffic and 5-time Pushcart Prize winner
Nathan Leslie is a modern-day Odysseus sailing the stormy sibling seas to deliver twenty-one stories that read like The Odyssey on Oxycontin. Leslie riffs familial combinations and permutations, dysfunctional or not, involving: pilgrimages, communes, infanticide, whorehouses, nightmares, revenge, murder, greed, jealousy, depression, escape, delusions, and satellites falling into backyards. One adult brother and sister still sleep in the same bed, though unconsummated. Best of all, Leslie (like Odysseus before him) is a remarkably sly trickster of a storyteller.
—Richard Peabody, ed. Gargoyle Magazine
Sibs is a fascinating exploration of an often undermined relationship in literature, that of brothers and sisters in our American landscape. Leslie finds a way into each community, from respectable suburbs to drug-infused communes, but more importantly, he finds a way into each mind and heart. There are no easy answers to the characters’ quandaries here, but it won’t matter. You’ll be drawn along each one’s journey to find her or his place in life, that bit of hope as symbolized in the writer’s lasting images of dishwashing gloves, charm bracelets, shady houses, and message machine clicks, and in those all-important gestures of connection and protection made with arms and hands and eyes. A haunting collection.
—Tara L. Masih, author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories
In Sibs, brother- and sisterhood are the common backdrop for Nathan Leslie's variations on our contemporary struggle for intimacy in human relationships. Leslie's artfully crafted voices and characterizations offer unforgettable stories of narrow escape and failed rescue, of almost-belonging.
—Valerie Fox, author of The Glass Book and The Rorschach Factory
Each of these weighty stories will uneasily drift and settle into that spot of the heart where the profane, the memorable, and the distressed linger. There, the Sibs gather—like dysfunctional family members who have made a public scene—to leave an unforgettable impression, one that explores the deeper meanings in every relationship.
—Stefanie Freele, author of Surrounded by Water and Feeding Strays
Nathan Leslie Reads from "Burlap":