Her first novel, The Gin Closet, was selected a Best Book of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Her essay collection, The Empathy Exams, published in 2014, was a New York Times best seller and was selected as one of the top ten books of the year by numerous publications, including Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and O Magazine.
Leslie is currently a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and editor of Best American Essays 2017. Her next book, The Recovering, will be published in April 2018. She is on the faculty of Columbia University and lives with her family in Brooklyn.