Leslie Jamison

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Leslie Jamison
Leslie jamison 2014.jpg
Leslie Jamison at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.
Born Washington DC
Occupation novelist, essayist
Nationality United States
Genre Fiction

Leslie Jamison (born ca. 1983) is an American novelist and essayist. Her work has been published in Best New American Voices 2008,[1] A Public Space,[2] and Black Warrior Review.[3] Originally from Los Angeles, she attended Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and undertook a Ph.D. in English literature at Yale. Her father is the economist and global health researcher Dean Jamison.

Jamison's first novel, The Gin Closet, was published by Free Press in 2010. It received positive reviews by the San Francisco Chronicle,[4] Vogue,[5] and Publishers Weekly.[6]

Jamison's second book, The Empathy Exams, an essay collection published by Graywolf Press, debuted in April 2014 at no. 11 on the New York Times bestseller list.[7] 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."[8]


  1. ^ Best New American Voices 2008: John Kulka, Natalie Danford: 9780156031493: Amazon.com: Books
  2. ^ Morphology of the Hit : Magazine : This is A Public Space
  3. ^ Jamison, Leslie. "In Defense of Saccharin(e)". Black Warrior Review. 
  4. ^ Watrous, Malena (2010-02-28). "A 'River' of secrets". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  5. ^ O'Grady, Megan. "Isn't It Romantic". Vogue. 
  6. ^ The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison - Powell's Books
  7. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (2014-04-10). "Graywolf Essay Collection Hits Best-seller List". Star Tribune. 
  8. ^ Lang, Olivia (2014-04-04). "Never Hurts to Ask". New York Times.