A novel by Hilary Leichter

March 3, 2020 • 5.5 x 8.25 • 208 pages • 978-1-56689-566-8

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.

In Temporary, a young woman’s workplace is the size of the world. She fills increasingly bizarre placements in the search for steadiness, connection, 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.

About the Author

Hilary Leichter’s writing has appeared in n+1, the New Yorker, the Cut, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has taught fiction at Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


“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