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Amy Hempel

Biography

Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel is the author of SING TO IT, THE DOG OF THE MARRIAGE, TUMBLE HOME, AT THE GATES OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM, REASONS TO LIVE and the co-editor of UNLEASHED. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, GQ, Tin House, The Harvard Review, The Quarterly, and have been widely anthologized, including Best American Short Stories and The Best Nonrequired Reading. She teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Bennington College, and at Stony Brook Southampton. She lives near New York City.

Amy Hempel

Books by Amy Hempel

by Amy Hempel - Fiction, Short Stories

These 15 exquisitely honed stories reveal Amy Hempel at her most compassionate and spirited, as she introduces characters, lonely and adrift, searching for connection. In “A Full-Service Shelter,” a volunteer at a dog shelter tirelessly, devotedly cares for dogs on a list to be euthanized. In “Greed,” a spurned wife examines her husband’s affair with a glamorous, older married woman. And in “Cloudland,” the longest story in the collection, a woman reckons with the choice she made as a teenager to give up her newborn infant. Quietly dazzling, these stories are replete with moments of revelation and transcendence and with Hempel’s singular, startling, inimitable sentences.

by Amy Hempel - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction, Short Stories

Hempel's now-classic collection of short fiction is peopled by complex characters who have discovered that their safety nets are not dependable and who must now learn to balance on the threads of wit, irony and spirit.