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The Dog of the Marriage

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Amy Hempel writes all her stories in her head before she touches the page, and reading her recite her work is somewhere in between eavesdropping on a woman talking to her dog and hearing an agnostic pray. There's an intimacy in watching her characters know themselves, often through watching others who do not, and there's a power in her epiphanies, which are often found in the everyday, but resound in uncommon ways off the page. And all of this is hung on the bones of her bright, wicked humor — you'll feel lucky to be invited to watch.
Recommended by Caitlin D., Powells.com

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A quietly powerful presence in American fiction in during the past two decades, these collected stories show the true scale of Hempel's achievement. Her compact fictions, populated by smart neurotic somewhat damaged narrators, speak grandly to the longings and insecurities in all of us, and in a voice that is bracingly direct and sneakily profound.

These are stories about people who make choices that seem inevitable, whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience. With her trademark compassion and wit, Hempel takes readers into the marriages, minor disasters and moments of revelation in an uneasy America.

About the Author

Born in Chicago in 1951, now living in New York, Amy Hempel has published her acclaimed and prize winning short stories in magazines such as Harpers and Vanity Fair. She is the author of four volumes of short stories, collected here.

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Amy Hempel writes all her stories in her head before she touches the page, and reading her recite her work is somewhere in between eavesdropping on a woman talking to her dog and hearing an agnostic pray. There's an intimacy in watching her characters know themselves, often through watching others who do not, and there's a power in her epiphanies, which are often found in the everyday, but resound in uncommon ways off the page. And all of this is hung on the bones of her bright, wicked humor — you'll feel lucky to be invited to watch.

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