When Leigh Stein received a call from an unknown number in July 2011, she assumed it was from her ex-boyfriend Jason and let it go to voicemail, telling herself she was done with him for good this time. When she finally listened to the message, it was from Jason’s brother: Jason had been killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 23 years old.
When Leigh first met Jason, he was a 19-year-old community college student, handsome and charming as he was troubled. She blew all her savings to move with him to New Mexico, a place neither of them had ever been before and where they knew no one — and where Jason’s behavior went from playful and spontaneous to controlling and erratic, eventually escalating to physical abuse. Leigh fled, and while outwardly it appeared that she had moved on, Jason continued to haunt her.
Land of Enchantment explores the heartbreaking complexity of why the person hurting you the most can also be impossible to walk away from, what it means to be drawn to someone so destructive, and how to reconcile difficult memories of the past while trying to forge ahead into a healthier, happier life.