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Sleepovers by Ashleigh Bryant Phillips
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A quirky, powerful debut, Sleepovers is an unconventional and exciting collection of character-driven stories.

In Ashleigh Bryant Phillips' debut story collection, Sleepovers, it can be difficult to keep tabs on all the main characters, a number of whom appear as first-person narrators. This isn't to say that they aren't distinct and memorable, only that many of the stories feel inextricably linked through a common underlying intimacy that pulls the reader into the flow of a collective "I."

Phillips creates this intimacy through a unique, contemporary take on the Southern Gothic literary tradition that includes the unblinking, matter-of-fact depiction of truly disturbing elements (such as suicide and domestic abuse) but also a similar treatment of details that are simply of a personal or private nature. Narrators barge into beginnings abruptly and unselfconsciously, making their intentions and situations immediately clear. One story, "Mind Craft," starts with the sentence "I was masturbating ...

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