We All Will Be Received

A Novel

In 1977, a young woman steals a duffel bag of money and flees her bad-news boyfriend. She hitches a ride to the world’s edge and reinvents herself. But in the tightening web of an interconnected world, the past is inescapable.

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Ledger of the Open Hand

A Novel

Ledger of the Open Hand looks at the intimate power of money and emotional debt through the eyes of a young woman trying to own her life.

The novel was short-listed for the prestigious Winterset Award and nominated for the Dublin Literary Award. It won an Independent Publisher Award silver medal in 2016.  




This debut collection of poetry loosely traces Leslie's journey from affluent American suburb to rural Canadian prairie. The poems ricochet across the continent, toeing the U.S./Canadian border ["that thin line a wide gulf"] until crossing another gulf and arriving in Newfoundland, where being from/coming-from-away still holds sway.

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Scrabble Lessons

Short Stories

In Scrabble Lessons, characters who were confined to comfortable patterns are suddenly thrown off their games. These are stories about the longing that gnaws at our most ordinary days, and about those rare moments of acute clarity on which whole lives can pivot and change course.