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Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein
Aug 02, 2016 | ISBN 9781101982686

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“Leigh Stein’s Land of Enchantment is a thoughtful and compelling elegy to a troubled man, a broken love, and a broken dream of the west. It’s about loss, wonder, and the vexed grip of attachment. It grieves by way of admitting complexity—by answering the late-night knock of unfinished business—and its spell is immersive: Once I’d picked it up, I did not set it down again until I’d finished it.”
Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams

“One of the most compelling memoirs I’ve ever read. A mesmerizing requiem on loss and love, Stein’s intelligent ode to adolescent obsession is unflinching in its honest portrayal of what it means to give ourselves over to the dark side of love. This is a glittering gem of a book.”
– Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance

“A brave and poignant coming-of-age story.”
– Publishers Weekly

“A propulsive and haunting memoir… Stein’s poignant, virtuosic Land of Enchantment should be de rigeur summer reading.”
–The Huffington Post

“Artful…Stein’s compelling, sincere voice emerges full strength from this illuminating, soul-searching story of an emotionally crippling romance.” 
– Kirkus 

“In Land of Enchantment, Leigh Stein examines every cruelty and humiliation of her obsessive first love with bold intelligence and uncommon grace. A riveting, fiercely honest story about how a smart girl from a good family can fall into darkness this deep.”
Domenica Ruta, New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You

“Leigh Stein has written an engrossing account of young love, the lesser-told kind, whose enchantment is more poison than panacea. In clean, unencumbered prose, she unspools a story both ordinary and acute, proof that some kinds of violence are harder to name and leave no bruises, though their impressions never fade. I wish I could give this memoir to my younger self, and to all those smart, deeply feeling girls who so easily mistake intensity for intimacy. Stein’s story does not simplify the romance of destructive love and assures us that if we can emerge from such trials, there is nothing to regret. Their lessons leave us more whole, not less.”
Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart & Abandon Me

“Leigh Stein’s memoir is exactly what a younger generation needs—an unflinching, honest tale of loss that is devoid of platitudes. She perfectly captures the complex experience of mourning an ex-lover’s death and searching for that elusive closure we all yearn for. And beyond the details of her grief story, Leigh’s gorgeous imagery will bewitch any reader into contemplating a move to New Mexico.”
Rebecca Soffer, co-founder/CEO of Modern Loss

“In Land of Enchantment, Leigh Stein explores the landscape of her own ambivalent heart following the violent ending to the life of her mesmerizing but dangerous lover. Balancing her mature voice with the daring voice of her youth, she uncovers with wit and candor, the curious power of an erratic relationship. More than a memoir of grief, this book offers insight into an all-too-common dynamic between young men and women.”
Eileen Cronin, clinical psychologist and author of Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

“[Stein] writes beautifully and openly about what it was like to be in an abusive relationship … This well-crafted memoir easily jumps back and forth in time, never leaving the reader behind but always leaving them wanting to know more.”
Meryl Williams, Portland Mercury

“Extraordinary … The book should be required reading. Young adults will easily see a part of themselves in Leigh and Jason’s passage. Older adults will better understand the ordeals of young people.”
–David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal

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