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The Resource The collected stories of Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel ; with an introduction by Rick Moody

The collected stories of Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel ; with an introduction by Rick Moody

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The collected stories of Amy Hempel
Title
The collected stories of Amy Hempel
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Amy Hempel ; with an introduction by Rick Moody
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Language
eng
Summary
A complete collection of short works offers insight into the progression of the writer's work throughout a thirty-year period and features, among other tales, the complete texts of "At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom" and "Tumble Home."
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2006.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2006
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ With the publication of her first book of short stories, Reasons to Live (1985), Hempel earned a strong position in the vanguard of the minimalist school of fiction writing, in vogue at that time and especially significant in the short story genre. Her three succeeding collections of stories, the most recent being The Dog of the Marriage (2005), maintained her high stature as a short story writer. She generally continued to compose tightly hewn stories despite the fact that minimalism as a stylistic movement was shrinking around her like a drying riverbed. The stories from her previous collections are gathered here into a single volume, and her achievement in the form is now boldly obvious. She has never imitated, never been just a somewhat anonymous member of a pack of talented storywriters. She is an original, having found--and kept--her unique way of expressing her not so much cut-and-dried as deeply penetrating vision. As the 70-page story «Tumble Home» testifies, Hempel can write longer than usual for her, and certainly that interior monologue by a patient in a mental institution is arresting in its pristine tracing of a pattern of thought. Nevertheless, she is at her best by far in the short, highly imagistic, sparely plotted, stiletto-keen slice of narrative that in her hands glistens in its sheerness, and for that she has made short story history. -- Brad Hooper (Reviewed 03-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 14, p26)
  • /* Starred Review */ Hempel's four collections of short fiction are all masterful; while readers await the follow-up to last year's acclaimed The Dog of the Marriage , this compendium restores the full set to print. The first of Hempel's books, Reasons to Live (1985), is justly celebrated by Rick Moody in his preface as a landmark of its era's "short-story renaissance"; it introduces Hempel's unmistakable tone, where a "besieged consciousness," Moody says, hones sentences to bladelike sharpness "to enact and defend survival." The second, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom (1990), is the main reason to buy this book: used copies are scarce, and the collection contains stories like "The Harvest." Hempel's genius, whether in first or third person, is to make her characters' feelings completely integral to the scenes they inhabit; her terse descriptions become elegantly telegraphic—and telepathic—reportage, with not a word wasted and not a single fact embellished. Her great subject is the failure of human coupling, and she charts it at every stage: giddy beginnings, sexy thick-of-its, wan (or violent) outcomes, grim aftermaths. Seeing it laid out kaleidoscopically in this volume is an awesome thing indeed, and a pleasure lovers of the short story will not want to deny themselves. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 6, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 10, p47)
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DLC
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Hempel, Amy
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.E47916
LC item number
A6 2006
Literary form
fiction
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The collected stories of Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel ; with an introduction by Rick Moody
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Reasons to live
  • At the gates of the animal kingdom
  • Tumble home
  • The dog of marriage
Control code
ocm62741526
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 407 pages
Isbn
9780743289467
Lccn
2005057608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780743289467
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(OCoLC)62741526
Label
The collected stories of Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel ; with an introduction by Rick Moody
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Reasons to live
  • At the gates of the animal kingdom
  • Tumble home
  • The dog of marriage
Control code
ocm62741526
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xix, 407 pages
Isbn
9780743289467
Lccn
2005057608
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780743289467
System control number
(OCoLC)62741526

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