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The Collected Stories by Amy Hempel
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Mar 30, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: not-so-much, les-petites

Because I typically fall asleep or become distracted after a few pages of reading, short stories are ideal for me. In addition to that, a well-read friend of mine recommended this book to me, so I was really looking forward to exploring it. My excitement did not last long, however. I've read about four of her stories now, and I'm still wondering when things are supposed to become interesting. The book has been given plenty of awards and good reviews, but I can't quite seem to figure out why. Nothing, so far, has been compelling to me in the least. These stories are simply bland. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of them, unless the pills alone aren't enough, and I find I need some additional assistance in passing out quickly. Then again, perhaps I'll just pass it along to granny.
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March 30, 2009 – Shelved
Started Reading
May 7, 2009 – Finished Reading
October 19, 2011 – Shelved as: not-so-much
October 19, 2011 – Shelved as: les-petites

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