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Leslie Jamison

Novelist and Essayist

Leslie Jamison is an American novelist and essayist. Her work has been published in Best New American Voices 2008A Public Space, and Black Warrior Review. She attended Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and undertook a Ph.D. in English literature at Yale. Jamison's first novel, The Gin Closet, was published by Free Press in 2010. Jamison's second book, The Empathy Exams, an essay collection published by Graywolf Press, debuted in April 2014 at number 11 on the New York Times bestseller list. The book received wide acclaim from critics, with The New York Times writer Olivia Lang saying, "It’s hard to imagine a stronger, more thoughtful voice emerging this year."