The Empathy Exams: Essays

Author(s): Leslie Jamison

Biography & Memoir | Essays & Anthologies

The subjects of this stylish and audacious collection of essays range from an assault in Nicaragua to a Morgellons meeting; from Frida Kahlo's plaster casts to a gangland tour of LA. Jamison is interested in how we tell stories about injury and pain, and the limits that circumstances, bodies and identity put on the act of describing.


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LESLIE JAMISON grew up in Los Angeles. Educated at Harvard College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has also worked as an innkeeper in California, a schoolteacher in Nicaragua, and an office temp in Manhattan. She is currently studying for a PhD at Yale University, where she is writing a dissertation on poverty and degradation in twentieth century American writing. Her first novel, The Gin Closet, was published in 2010.

General Fields

  • : 9781847088390
  • : Granta Books
  • : Granta Books
  • : April 2014
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2014
  • : March 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leslie Jamison
  • : Paperback
  • : Jul-14
  • : 814.6
  • : 256