Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, Leslie Jamison’s Empathy Exams is an extraordinary and thoughtful collection of intense essays. The common subject is the experience of pain, whether the author’s or someone else’s Her topics range widely, from her experience as a medical actor, two operations she endured, the ultramarathon culture, and Frida Kahlo’s spine problems. As Olivia Laing wrote in the NYT, “It’s hard to imagine a stronger, more thoughtful voice…”
Jamison has also written a novel, The Gin Closet, and her work has appeared or will appear in places like Harper's, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Believer. She is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Sponsored by the Dartmouth Department of English Poetry and Prose Series, books will be available to purchase for Leslie Jamison to sign at the event.
From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014
AS A YOUNG WOMAN, Tilly flees home for the hollow underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. One day, after Tilly has spent nearly thirty years without a family, drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece Stella--who has been leading her own life of empty promise in New York City--arrives on the doorstep of Tilly's desert trailer.