Louise Wareham Leonard writes with such rare intensity, rage, sadness and ferocious love, she lights up a world where expectancies and experiences of desire, sexuality and authenticity are redefined and exploded.Both devastating and, often, laugh-out-loud funny, her work has a savage purity forgiving both all and nothing demanding truth, wresting us from darkness to the ethereal, offering both solace and change. Born in New Zealand, she moved to Manhattan at age twelve, attended Columbia College and has received, amongst other awards, the James Jones Literary Society First Novel Award. She lives in upstate New York."
"52 Men is a haunting and haunted book about the world of women and men. It is mainly composed of elegant and brief portraits of our often deeply inelegant humanity. It is harsh and sweet and very funny, in spots as hard to read as it is hard to put down." --Will Eno "I'm not sure I've ever read a story of a life that's both so moving and told with such breathtaking economy and precision. 52 Men gave me goose bumps again and again." Kurt Andersen