Prose, paperback, 259 pages, from Short Flight / Long Drive Books.
The original 2012 essay collection, redesigned and with four new essays by the author.
Legs Get Led Astray is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one woman’s life. Caldwell’s writing remarkably explores the genre of personal nonfiction in new and unpredictable ways.
“Legs Get Led Astray is a scorching hot glitter box full of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic.”
-Cheryl Strayed, author of WILD
“For the reader, going astray means getting happily lost in the prose of this daring, graceful, debut.”
-Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
“The essays in this collection are as exuberant as they are sad. Her storytelling is as vulnerable as it is bombastic. These essays roll in gangsta, but wear freshly picked daisies in their hair.”
“Prepare to shed a skin. These essays will dare you to dissect your own life. Shot-through with sexuality and sass, her language will get up in you and turn you inside out in the best possible way.”
-Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water
Chloe Caldwell is the author of the novella Women and the essay collections Legs Get Led Astray and I'll Tell You in Person. She lives in Hudson, NY.