(art by  Sarah Evenson )

(art by Sarah Evenson)

TEMPORARY (a novel)

Now available for preorder:

Coffee House Press/Emily Books


Eighteen boyfriends, twenty-three jobs, and one ghost who occasionally pops in to give advice: Temporary casts a hilarious and tender eye toward the struggle for happiness under late capitalism.

A young woman fills increasingly bizarre placements in the search for steadiness and something, at last, to call her own. Whether it’s shining an endless closet of shoes, swabbing the deck of a pirate ship, assisting an assassin, or filling in for the Chairman of the Board, for the mythical Temporary “there is nothing more personal than doing your job.”

Temporary playfully examines both the yearning and the aimlessness that can follow anyone—and everyone—who tries to carve out a place for themselves in the world.

“Hilary Leichter is a crazy-smart, fearless, ridiculously original writer with a ton of heart. One of the most exciting young writers I’ve read in a long time.” —Ben Marcus