Louise Wareham Leonard

Louise Wareham Leonard writes with such rare intensity, rage, sadness and ferocious love, she lights up a world where expectancies and experiences of desire, sexuality and authenticity are redefined and exploded. Both devastating and, often, laugh-out-loud funny, her work has a savage purity forgiving both all and nothing demanding truth, wresting us from darkness to the ethereal, offering both solace and change. Born in New Zealand, she moved to Manhattan at age twelve, attended Columbia College and has received, amongst other awards, the James Jones Literary Society First Novel Award. She lives in upstate New York.


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52 Men

Louise Wareham Leonard

Publication Date: August 15, 2015

$15.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 9781597099967

Description:

From a writer whom master poet Seamus Heaney described as one who risks much both stylistically and emotionally comes 52 Men. Taut, spare, and highly compressed autobiographical fiction for the mobile age, it is immensely fully and sexually charged.

In contemporary literary miniatures from a few lines to a few pages, Manhattan-raised Elise McKnight describes the men in her life who gradually reveal her: high-profile cultural leaders, writers and celebrities, as well as the down-to-earth waiter, student, and police officer. Fifty-two strange, romantic, and sexual interludes and relationships spark to life and disappear in the wind, leaving us to wonder: What is Elise’s power? What does she want and will she ever get it? Does she have a secret, and if so, what is it?

With surprising, sometimes shocking and moving cameos by figures from tabloids and the news: Jay Carney, Jonathan Franzen, Lou Reed, Michael Stipe; and encounters with artists, financiers, and a boxer who reads Neruda at the Turkish baths.

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Allow Us to Introduce You to Louise Wareham Leonard’s 52 MEN!”

Louise Wareham Leonard’s, 52 Men, is an intense “micro-novel” that captures the emotional and physical possibilities of encounters between 52 men and one woman in the Manhattan of the late twentieth century. To celebrate the upcoming August 15 release, excerpts and snippets of the men have been shared online with The Rumpus and Fiction Advocate. “Five […]

Louise Wareham Leonard Featured Essay in Tin House’s LOST AND FOUND

Lost and Found features short essays (3000 words or fewer) examining under-read, overlooked, or otherwise "lost" books which—for reasons personal, political, artistic, or otherwise—deserve to be found again. In her Lost and Found, Louise discusses the works of E. L. Grant Watson and their relationship to her as she grew up. Lost & Found: Louise […]

Launch of 52 Men, the Podcast

52 Men by Louise Wareham Leonard was published August 15th, 2015. We love this book at Red Hen, we love women with power in their fingertips. We are thrilled to announce the launch of 52 Men, The Podcast. This is a platform for women to talk about the men who have had an impact on […]