Books by Leslie Stella

Leslie Stella is the author of three novels, Unimaginable Zero Summer, The Easy Hour, and Fat Bald Jeff, and was a founding editor of Lumpen magazine. Her work has been published in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Bust, Easy Listener, and


PERMANENT RECORD by Leslie Stella
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 5, 2013

"Despite characters exaggerated to the point of caricature, an edgy, discomfiting attack on post-9/11 nerves and prejudices. (Fiction. 14-18)"
"I'm just Bud Hess, transfer student, underachiever, nobody." Read full book review >
UNIMAGINABLE ZERO SUMMER by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2005

"A comforting if sometimes cartoonish riff on Gen-X lives."
In her third outing, Stella (The Easy Hour, 2003, etc.) uses the high-school reunion as backdrop for a comedy about social misfits, thwarted ambitions and the ties that bind. Read full book review >
THE EASY HOUR by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"A pleasant take on the vanity of human wishes: well conceived, nicely wrapped up."
From second-novelist Stella (Fat Bald Jeff, 2001): a good-natured comedy about social climbing as a nice girl from Chicago's South Side gets taken up by the glitterati. Read full book review >
FAT BALD JEFF by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More convincing as a stand-up comedy routine than a novel, but nonetheless a hilarious send-up of hippies and hipsters."
Newcomer Stella, founder of the Chicago 'zine Lumpen, creates a slacker hell and a disgruntled, wisecracking protagonist who rages successfully against the machine. Read full book review >