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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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'A work of tremendous pleasure and tremendous pain. Leslie Jamison is so intelligent, so compassionate, and so fiercely, prodigiously brave. This is the essay at its creative, philosophical best' --Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries

'Extraordinary... Her cerebral, witty, multichambered essays tend to swing around to one topic in particular: what we mean when we say that we feel someone else's pain. I'll read whatever she writes. A rare writer' --New York Times

'Extraordinary, exacting and virtuosic... There is a glory to her writing that derives as much from its ethical generosity as it does from the lovely vividness of the language itself. It's hard to imagine a stronger, more thoughtful voice emerging this year' --Olivia Laing, New York Times Book Review

'A page-turner... Jamison is revitalising the post-Susan Sontag essay' --Sunday Times

'Extraordinary... Jamison is one of the form's most compelling voices. The Empathy Exams is a challenging book, pushing the reader forward even when the subject matter grows gruesome or difficult' --New Statesman

'Leslie Jamison has been hailed as a startling new voice in American letters. The Empathy Exams demonstrates why she's attracting such attention. She combines fearless questioning with utterly compelling story-telling' --New Internationalist

'This mix of low and high cultures, contemporary and ancient, intimate and public makes her writing and subjects shockingly fresh and new. Think Sloane Crosley in a deep and contemplative email exchange with Susan Sontag' --Twin Factory

'The Empathy Exams is substantial, well-read, full of research. The best pieces are reportage. Jamison is lucid and lively with a good eye for interest' --Times Literary Supplement

'This mix of low and high cultures, contemporary and ancient, intimate and public makes her writing and subjects shockingly fresh and new. Think Sloane Crosley in a deep and contemplative email exchange with Susan Sontag' --Twin Factory

'Each essay is illuminating, stylish and a pleasure to read' --'Book of the Year', Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Guardian

'This mix of low and high cultures, contemporary and ancient, intimate and public makes her writing and subjects shockingly fresh and new. Think Sloane Crosley in a deep and contemplative email exchange with Susan Sontag' --Twin Factory

'Essay collections of note include Leslie Jamison's brilliant Empathy Exams, which explores pain, Frida Kahlo and literary heroines' --'Book of the year', Irish Times

'This mix of low and high cultures, contemporary and ancient, intimate and public makes her writing and subjects shockingly fresh and new. Think Sloane Crosley in a deep and contemplative email exchange with Susan Sontag' --Twin Factory

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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.

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