Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Breaking Out of Bedlam" by Leslie Larson

Today I attended a book reading by Leslie Larson of her second novel "Breaking Out of Bedlam" at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore in Berkeley.

Following her critically acclaimed debut novel "Slipstream", Leslie Larson dived deep into the human condition. In the two passages Leslie read to an overflow crowd, she presented us an unflinching portrayal of an octogenarian who is sad, heartbroken, and indomitable. The book promises to be sincere, probing, serious, yet hilariously funny. I cannot wait to delve into this wonderful novel.

Last time I attended one of Leslie's book events, she read from "Slipstream" and the venue was Cody's on Telegraph Avenue, shortly before its flagship store closed -- and before it went out of business completely. I am relieved to see that another local bookstore carries the torch and that authors continue to have their books published.

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