• Jeida K.

Every Kiss A War by Leesa Cross-Smith REVIEW

Updated: Jul 31, 2019


Leesa Cross-Smith already convinced me she was brilliant after reading her debut novel, Whiskey & Ribbons, but with Every Kiss a War she has managed to convince me she has even more levels of depth, passion, and prose to offer the world. This collection of short stories read like character vignettes, allowing us access into the most vulnerable and secret places of memorable and poignant people.


Cross-Smith seductively lures us into twenty-seven different stories and makes these people feel as though they live and breathe among us... and after just a few pages in their world, we miss them terribly. Her prose is unmatched—daring, musical, sensuous, unflinching.

A voice in literature I didn’t know I needed.



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