When Watched: Stories

Honoree, 5 Under 35 2017

When Watched by Leopoldine Core
ISBN 9780143128694
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House
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Leopoldine Core

Leopoldine Core was born and raised in New York's East Village and graduated from Hunter College. She is the author of the poetry collection Veronica Bench and the story collection When Watched, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. More about this author >

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Refreshing, witty, and absolutely close to the heart, Core’s twenty stories, set in and around New York City, have an other-worldly quality along with a deep seriousness—even a moral seriousness. What we know of identity is smashed and in its place, true individuals emerge, each bristling with a unique sexuality, a belief-system all their own. Reminiscent of Jane Bowles, William Burroughs, and Colette, her writing glows with an authenticity that is intoxicating and rare.