No Stopping Train

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Soft Skull Press
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5.5 X 8.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Les Plesko (1954-2013) is the author of the critically-acclaimed debut novel The Last Bongo Sunset, which was translated into Dutch and German. His other novels include Who I Was and Slow Lie Detector and his stories have appeared in Zyzzyva, Pear Noir!, Columbia Review and The Newer York. He was the recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing where he taught for close to twenty years. Please visit to view the memories posted by friends and students as well as speeches from his memorial gathering at Beyond Baroque.


An outpouring of admiration for his courage on the page. Refusing to edit his fiction for marketability...a masterwork in language and imagery...Bearing the weight of his literary career, Plesko's long-awaited novel is a powerful meditation on his country's history and the expansiveness of humanity . . . serious readers of literary fiction will rejoice. --Library Journal, Starred Review

"In his works the guy never got the girl, the condition was always terminal, the rain always a portent of flood. He believed the small moments of grace we gave each other, human to human, was all there was, all there would ever be." --Samantha Dunn

"In his presence, I saw how deeply I feel entitled to happiness. Not expecting life to deliver happiness, but believing it can deliver meaning, Les showed us all his working method. Year after year, day in, day out. For us, he was and is a writers' writer. Uncompromising. Unbought. Free." --Mary Rakow

"As much as he gave to others he gave to the page. His page, your page. His books shimmer and shine. Terse and clean and bright and trued. Brace us all, how such a bright heart could fall like that." --Julianne Cohen

"Les Plesko wrote as he lived -- sparely, poetically, without flinching. A wry guru to a breed of Los Angeles writers who'd never have found their voices without him. He conjured more deeply, more intuitively and brilliantly than most of us will dare." --David Francis