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Stories like Core's not only address themes of love and connection without cliché but also teach readers through unique and often misunderstood vantages. Prose that will resonate with readers of any age, gender, and sexual orientation. heart

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A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
Whiting Award Winner
PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction & The Story Prize

"Core captures a precious slice of what it is to be human. . . . She reaches moments of extraordinary grace." --The New York Times Book Review

"Pick up this book and prepare to face sublime recognition." --Rookie

"Full of dazzling insight and empathy." --Refinery 29

Refreshing, witty, and absolutely close to the heart, Core's twenty stories, set in and around New York City, have an other-worldly quality along with a deep seriousness--even a moral seriousness. What we know of identity is smashed and in its place, true individuals emerge, each bristling with a unique sexuality, a belief-system all their own. Reminiscent of Jane Bowles, William Burroughs, and Colette, her writing glows with an authenticity that is intoxicating and rare.

About the Author

Leopoldine Core was born and raised in New York's East Village and graduated from Hunter College. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Open City, PEN America and Apology Magazine, among others. She is the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award for fiction, as well as fellowships from The Center for Fiction and The Fine Arts Work Center. Author of the poetry collection Veronica Bench, Core lives in New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143128694
ISBN-10: 0143128698
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English