Robert Leleux

Robert Leleux
Contributing writer Robert Leleux is the author of two books, The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy and The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving.

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The Compassionate Imagination of Sarah Bird

by Robert Leleux | Wed, May 28, 2014 at 14:19 CST
Culture

Skeletons in a Small Town’s Closet

Janis Owens’ powerful new novel American Ghost recalls Lillian Smith’s Strange Fruit, the 1944 classic remembered, in part, for its brave portrayal of lynching. Owens’ book also tackles that barbaric custom, a form of domestic terrorism so entrenched in our … Read More

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Faith in a Dead-End Town

Michael Morris’ sweet, sad-eyed new novel, Man in the Blue Moon, recalls great Southern literature: beloved works such as Olive Ann Burns’ Cold Sassy Tree and Fannie Flagg’s Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. Set in a Spanish moss-draped, dead-end … Read More

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The Other Side of the American Dream

Many of us find it difficult to practice diplomacy with our relatives. But when typical family squabbles are complicated by national borders—as they are in Reyna Grande’s excellent new memoir, The Distance Between Us—the stakes are raised far higher than … Read More

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In Search of – The Great Opportunity’

After reading Michel Stone’s The Iguana Tree, you may never think of The American Dream the same way again. For Hector and Lilia, the protagonists of Stone’s spare and striking debut novel, that dream—of immigrating to the United States, of … Read More

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Afghanistan’s Freedom Writers

In 2009, American novelist and journalist Masha Hamilton founded the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), a nonprofit that recently published its first collection of poems and essays, The Sky Is a Nest of Swallows. Written by 25 of the nearly … Read More

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