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Sibs by Nathan Leslie

Releases April 30, 2014.

Press kit forthcoming. Pre-Orders are available below and on the Publications & Store page.

Nathan Leslie’s six previous books of short fiction include Madre, Believers, and Drivers. He is also the author of Night Sweat, a poetry collection. His first novel, The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice, was published by Atticus Books in 2012. His short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines, including Boulevard, Shenandoah, North American Review, and Cimarron Review. He edited short fiction for Pedestal Magazine for many years and is now the fiction editor for Newport Review. He was also series editor for Best of the Web 2008 and 2009.

About the Collection:
The thematically intertwined stories in Nathan Leslie’s Sibs, the author’s seventh collection, center around brothers and sisters. Often gritty and vivid, we see siblings bond, scrap, and everything in between. Many of these intense stories revolve around childhood and the stresses that siblings must overcome; others are concerned with brothers and sisters doing their best to make do with often tenuous, dysfunctional situations. Playing chess in a local park, two brothers are confronted by a strange young girl. Two sisters struggle with shopaholic behavior. A brother and sister defy spousal abuse. In 1970s America, two sisters move to a hippie commune and experience the unexpected. Sibs is set in remote corners of California, run-down Western Maryland towns, and in post-Industrial wastelands: this is America barely clinging to its sense of family and purpose. Stories from Sibs were originally published in North American Review, Gargoyle, Prick of the Spindle, StorySouth, JMWW, and Scribble.

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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

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