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Sleeping Mask: Fictions

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Peter LaSalle has the reputation of a writer’s writer, but in this new collection he pushes into exciting new territory, exploring how we lead our lives today in matters of politics, travel, art, and love. While this collection represents his most innovative work in terms of structural and linguistic variety, LaSalle never forsakes rich characterization and plotting to probe the deepest parts of the contemporary human condition, including the nature of erotic desire, the legacy of art and artistry, the power of grief and fear, and the horror of war and violence.

LaSalle’s stories have been published in the country’s top literary magazines and anthologies, where they have drawn enthusiastic support from writers with large social media platforms, such as Joyce Carol Oates and Elizabeth McCracken.

Bellevue has developed a track record of excellence with short story collections. Its collections have been reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, on NPR’s All Thing Considered and Morning Edition, and in the pages of O, The Oprah Magazine and Elle. They have also been included on’s Best Books of the Month list and named as Library Journal and Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year.

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