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Breaking Out of Bedlam by Leslie Larson
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Mar 01, 2011 | ISBN 9780307460776

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“A kick….Reading [Cora’s] ’journals,’ as she reawakens, finds a friend and a paramour, and plots her escape, is a hoot.” The New York Times

“Profane, harrowing, comical—and Cora’s voice is spot-on.” AARP Magazine

Breaking out of Bedlam is a fun—and inspiring—read, that proves you’re never too old to really start living.” Instinct magazine

“A good read . . . Anybody can have a change of heart at eighteen; to have one at eighty-two is a journey more worth taking.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Larson has drawn a winning character in Cora . . . a Confederate Stone Angel, with our Hagar as template. Like Hagar, she is rude, crude, arrogant, and totally without apology—and readers should admire her for it.” The Hamilton Spectator (Canada)

“Delightful . . . Larson injects a jolt of liveliness into the bleak setting of an assisted living home, thanks to the obstinate and crass narrator, 82-year-old Cora Sledge. . . . Cora’s machinations—sometimes wily, sometimes curious, always funny—and her lovable crustiness give this plenty of heart and humor.” Publishers Weekly
“Heartwarming and funny, with nary a slip into sentimentality.” Kirkus Reviews
“Leslie Larson is a writer of tales that are hilarious and heartbreaking at once—no easy feat, but the mark of great storytelling. She writes with an intimate eye and heart about citizens so familiar to the American landscape, we don’t even see them.” —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

“Leslie Larson has created an original in Cora Sledge. Overweight with secrets, tough as she is ill, Cora is about to spill the beans on her ill-mannered, kidnapping children in a journal given to her by a grandchild. Instead, what she discovers in this moving and funny novel about assisted living is, to her astonishment, a primer on love.” —Helena María Viramontes, author of Their Dogs Came with Them
“Is death a tragedy or a triumph? Is it a nightmare or a dark comedy? Do we put our accounts in order, or do we exact our revenge? Is there, even, a touch of grace? Somehow, Leslie Larson manages to explore all these possibilities in this powerful novel.” —Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter and Into the Beautiful North
“In a voice brimming with wit, energy, and originality, and with a keen eye and a pitch-perfect ear for language, Leslie Larson delivers us a protagonist like no other. Through Cora Sledge’s unique perspective, we ache and laugh along with her until the very last page, and she reminds us that longing and acceptance are at the very core of the human condition no matter what our age or circumstance.” —Alex Espinoza, author of Still Water Saints

“Few women have kept me as worried and curious and awake at night as Cora Sledge, the ‘heroine’ of Leslie Larson’s great new novel. Her life is huge, and tragic, and comic, and stalwart, and her voice is astonishing. How does Larson know these things, especially the things we’re all afraid of, that we’ll end up helpless, powerless, loveless, after such lives we think we’re living? Read this novel to see redemption.” —Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon and A Million Nightingales

“Meet pill-popping, slovenly, sharp-tongued Cora Sledge, all three-hundred pounds and eighty-two years of her. Be prepared for surprises at every turn, from the moment her children shove her out of her home and into Palisades, a cinder-block warehouse for the aged. There, love, skullduggery, and heartbreak await Cora and finally lead her to a well-lighted path. In BREAKING OUT OF BEDLAM, Leslie Larson gives us high hilarity and deep tenderness, allowing neither to rob the other. In Cora Sledge, she gives us a woman who is brave enough to look closely at the sum of all her years and to learn new love from old sorrows.” —Kate Maloy, author of Every Last Cuckoo

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