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We All Need to Eat

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We All Need to Eat is a new collection of linked stories from award-winning author Alex Leslie that revolve around Soma, a young Queer woman in Vancouver, chronicling her attempts to come to grips with herself, her family and her sexuality.

Set in different moments falling between Soma's childhood and her late thirties, each story - bold and varying in its approach to
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Book Thug
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Debbie Bateman
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Experimental, bold and moving. Each story takes us into new territory using a wide range of styles and techniques. I found the novella, "Who You Start With Is Who You Finish With", breathtaking. The way Alex Leslie explores the inter-generational trauma of the holocaust cut more deeply than anything I have ever read on the subject. I will be looking for more opportunities to read this author's work.
Leah Horlick
Alex Leslie's new collection takes short stories to the next level - this interconnected series waves perfectly between novella-length pieces and short vignettes that are basically prose poems. These portraits of queer community, Jewish family coping, and relationships made me feel incredibly seen and also need...cry breaks. Soma is one of my favourite protagonists of the year and I didn't realize until I read this book that there many...Melanies in the world. SO MANY. A must-read for ...more
S. Kennedy Sobol
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection is so good. More of a review to follow as soon as I've gathered my thoughts.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian-lit
The writing style is exquisite...but it's less of an inter-linked short story collection and more like a disjointed novel on the verge of schizophrenia. The story lines are linked, but some jumbled and quick cutting that it can feel like whiplash trying to keep it all together. A very interesting whiplash, I grant you, but eyes were googling like the Cookie Monster. At the heart of the book is the story of 1939, and it is head and shoulders above everything else around it. That ...more
Jennie Chantal
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent collection of interconnected stories that had me stopping to take some deep breaths as they brought up things from my own past related to family, childhood and mental illness. Just what I like from a book of short stories!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed these stories which all read poetically. The stories are connected and tell a larger story about a gay Jewish female going though a rough break up and also still mourning the death of her beloved grandmother and the death of a close friend to suicide. Very interesting read.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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What a wonderful little story collection. All the stories center on the character Soma, and take place in different chapters of her life from childhood to adulthood. Some of the stories are like prose poems, some of them are more traditional in structure, which I think is really cool because we all have the weird and poetic inside of us. The themes of family, especially between women but also across gender, are really strong. I especially loved 'Who You Start With is Who You Finish With,' which ...more
Jane Hamilton
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Found it a thoughtful, slow rumination on a young, stalled life.
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