Literary Nonfiction. LEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one young woman's life. Chloe Caldwell beautifully and bluntly escorts you through her childhood dreams, her first loves, her most unguarded sexual exploits, bookstore crushes, babysitting jobs, heartbroken wanderlust, and the suicide of a lost lover. Caldwell's writing remarkably explores the genre of personal nonfiction and has been featured in The Rumpus, The Faster Times, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, The Nervous Breakdown, and Everyday Genius.
"Chloe Caldwell's LEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a scorching hot glitter box of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic."—Cheryl Strayed
"Prepare to shed skin. Chloe Caldwell's essays will dare you to dissect your own life. Shot-through with sexuality and sass, her language will get up in you and turn you inside out in the best possible way."—Lidia Yuknavitch
Author City: HUDSON, NY USA
Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella, WOMEN (Short Flight/Long Drive Books, 2014), and the essay collection, LEGS GET LED ASTRAY (Future Tense Books, 2012). Her work has appeared in Salon.com, The Rumpus, Hobart, and the anthologies Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and True Tales of Lust and Love. She lives in upstate New York.
Reviews and Other Links
Ben Tanzer @ TNBBC's Top Reads of 2012
interview by Michael Juliani @ Neon Tommy
excerpt: "The Trance Dance" @ The NervousBreakdown
Ryan Werner @ PANK
Micah Ling @ Book Punch
audio: interview by Brad Listi @ Other People