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A Singular Voice

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel

Reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz
The Atlantic Monthly

"Few fiction writers are as intensely admired by their peers as is Hempel, though she's never published a novel. Her reputation rests solely on the four landmark collections of short fiction gathered here, including the long-out-of-print At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom (used copies of which are both rare and expensive). She will forever be tagged a minimalist, which is accurate enough if largely unrevealing, since there's both great and execrable minimalist fiction." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.

One Response to "A Singular Voice"

    Mike Wittle August 29th, 2006 at 1:07 pm

    "leavened by a wry rue, Hempel's is a hard-boiled sensibility"

    Does Schwarz think that a clump of mixed cooking metaphors qualifys as a one-liner? Or is the reviewer just hungry?

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