The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs (Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction) (Paperback)

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This short story collection from Noe Valley author Leslie Campbell is an impressive debut. Campbell gives her characters the utmost respect, from two teenagers on a beach in LA to an abused housewife, they all are anointed with the poetry of her writing. I was reminded of writers like Annie Proulx and Ann Pachett and look forward to Campbell’s first novel.

— From Martha's Fiction Picks


A Man with Eight Pairs of Legs is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme. Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, this collection of short stories is a study in compassion and in passion, a must-read for our times.

About the Author

Leslie Kirk Campbell's short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares Solos and won awards at Arts & Letters, Southern Indiana Review, Briar Cliff Review and The Thomas Wolfe Review. The author of Journey into Motherhood (Riverhead), Leslie is the mother of two grown sons and teaches at Ripe Fruit Writing, a creative writing program she founded in San Francisco.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781946448880
ISBN-10: 1946448885
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction