The funny thing about Leventhal is that she makes the unfunny, the upsetting, the annoying, and the unremarkable funny. Leventhal explores the subtle shades of meaning in her characters, many of which are women, and picks at the awkward hilarity that makes up our lives. It is funny to be judged for picking up a pregnancy test. It is awkward to encounter a rapist at a dinner party. In Leventhal’s stories these things happen, as they do in the lived lives of women, woven into the fabric of days. Leventhal evoked such a visceral reaction from me that I laughed out loud on a plane surrounded by strangers, because it is truly funny when someone’s fictional musings feel more real than your own life.