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People Who Disappear

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810598 / 1554810590
  • 220 pages; 5½" x 8½"

An oil spill on the West Coast coincides with a loved one’s death. An enigmatic young musician experiences the rise and fall of his career, as told through videos posted to YouTube.

Sometimes romantic, sometimes elegiac, Alex Leslie’s coastal stories take place in ocean inlets and city streets. Haunted as much by technology as by their own ghosts, Leslie’s characters face the disappearance of sanity, love, and landscape. An electric, poetic debut.

“Leslie’s dark tones are reminiscent of Rebecca Brown, but she is a creative force all her own. Her star is rising. Watch for her.”—Hiromi Goto

“Alex Leslie conducts artful traffic in the zeitgeist, stories that are earthy, smoky, with Didion’s terse calm, empathetic and reliable as duct tape.”—Mark Jarman

Lambda Literary Award, 2013 (short-listed)
ReLit Award, 2014 (short-listed)
Robert Kroetsch Poetry Prize, 2013 (short-listed)

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