Monday, February 22, 2010

Coffee with a canine: Leslie Larson & Leyla

Today's featured duo at Coffee with a Canine: Leslie Larson & Leyla.

Larson, on how she and Leyla were united:
We had gone to an appliance warehouse to look at refrigerators. On the way home I casually suggested we stop at the SPCA—just for fun. Leyla and her five brothers and sisters were romping in a room together. They were six weeks old. Who could resist? Leyla and I locked eyes and that was it. I think stopping at the shelter was like couples who get pregnant “accidentally on purpose.” I fell deeply in love right away. I honestly fantasized about being stranded on a desert island with...[read on]
Leslie Larson is a writer who lives in Berkeley. Her second novel, Breaking Out of Bedlam, came out the first month of 2010.

Among the early praise for Breaking out of Bedlam:
"Few women have kept me as worried and curious and awake at night as Cora Sledge…. Read Breaking Out of Bedlam to see redemption."
—Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon

“Delightful… Plenty of heart and humor.”
Publishers Weekly

"Heartwarming and funny with nary a slip into sentimentality."
Kirkus Reviews
Read an excerpt from Breaking Out of Bedlam, and learn more about the book and author at Leslie Larson's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: Breaking Out of Bedlam.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Leslie Larson & Leyla.

--Marshal Zeringue