On a journey by train and car from political conventions to strip joints to a UFO belt in the Texas panhandle, the narrator is accompanied by a deathless wanderer named Sally, who at the age of fifteen chose to remain the slave-mistress of Thomas Jefferson and thus forever changed the meaning and consequence of her country. Two hundred years later, the echoes of that choice inform an America already far beyond its own crossroads.
"With one foot in the real and the other in the ether, Erickson tracks the promise of Jeffersonian democracy at sad odds with the reality of American politics."
"A unique vision of modern America — daring, dynamic and revealing."
"Marvelously thoughtful, impassioned and funny, strung together with personal symbolism and fantasy, Erickson's memoir has moments of literary genius."
"Erickson means to fool with the most weighty facts of whatever history we make or unmake, and he's willing to make a fool of himself to do it; he has that attribute of all serious artists. I read Leap Year like an A's fan eating peanuts with Jose Canseco back in the lineup."
Greil Marcus, California
"Erickson's writing seems both heroic and necessary."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Maybe the great writer of our time."