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The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel
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Mar 08, 12

Read from February 17 to March 08, 2012

A magnificent collection of short stories by an absolute master of the form. It is rare to read so much information crammed into such a tiny bit of space. If this collection of collections has any flaws, it is that Hempel doesn't have much of a range. With few exceptions, these are stories about middle aged women and their dogs. I found myself confusing events in one story with another from time to time because they were so similar.

But if you can get past that, it's a remarkable book to read. Hempel tells more in a single sentence than most writers do in whole chapters.

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26.0% "These stories are gold. The book is actually a compilation of three short story collections, and I'm finished with one of those three so far. It's just great. Hempel is an incredible writer."
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