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People Who Disappear

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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
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Paperback, 254 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Freehand Books
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
I first encountered Vancouver writer Alex Leslie’s work in the new queer Canadian literary magazine Plenitude, which I recently reviewed. I thought Leslie’s prose poems in Plenitude gorgeously expressed the complexities of queer desire. So when I was offered the chance to review Leslie’s first collection of short stories, People Who Disappear, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the book in the mail (thanks Kelsey at Freehand Books for getting in touch with me!). As a fan of Hiromi Goto, I read her ...more
Leah Horlick
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. My favourite collection of short stories this year for sure -- Leslie's prose absolutely glitters.
Ian
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First collections of short fiction often reveal an author in the process of learning the craft: taking those awkward first steps, tentatively searching for a voice, experimenting with structure, mood and pacing, trying on a variety subject matter like new clothes, and occasionally--perhaps out of a willingness to try anything once and damn the consequences--pushing the boundaries of what fiction can be. First collections are of necessity flawed because first-time authors don't usually have a lar ...more
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May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A smart and evocative collection. Especially enjoyed the sharply-observed settings. One piece "Like Minds" contains a crazy paragraph depicting a friend who might be going mad and how would a person know? For sure? That section left me breathless in awe.

I couldn't always follow where Leslie was going, but mostly I didn't mind.

This, as they say, is a dazzling debut by a gifted writer.
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Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Some breathlessly lovely stories in this collection, with a genuine-seeming (oxymoron?) feel for the Vancouver area radiating from all of them.
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