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N a ravishing sometimes heartbreaking new story collection her first in over a decadeAmy Hempel is a master of the short story A multiple award winner Hempel is highly regarded among writers reviewers and readers of contemporary fiction This new collection her first since her Collected Stories published than a decade ago is a literary event These fifteen exuisitely honed stories reveal Hempel at her most compassionate and spirited as she introduces characters lonely and adrift searching for connection In. In every way perfect this set of stories Except perhaps The Chicane though it s likely I m missing something and just need to read it a few times and carefully Favorites include A Full Service Shelter I Stay With Syd Greed and The Correct Grip stories I ve admired since reading them when they first appeared in litmags Minor complaint the substitution of hell for fuck in the latter story s final line New to me were three wonderfully sad short shorts The Second Seating Moonbow and Euivalent but difficult to find I imagine is the reader who doesn t locate the prize in SING TO IT in Cloudland the longest story in the collection which like Tumble Home convinces me that Amy Hempel and Amy Hempel alone knows how to navigate expertly the strange terrain of the long long storyalmost novella It s a staggeringly great piece of writing and with enough autobiographical overlap Hempel s friend the late Christopher Coe is mentioned by name and the story does take place in Hempel s new terrain of Florida that it s tempting to read as at least partially true in which case it s all the devastating As was the case with Tumble Home Of course that isn t what matters at all What matters is the language and fuck I mean even if it didn t contain a Joni reference this is masterful The geese in chevron flight these are Joni Mitchell s words and I hope the girl got to see this In my mind she sees this over and over every year at the right time of year The sound is part of the vision of course and part of Mitchell s haunting song Urge for Going I played it countless times Sound calls up yearning than anything you can see and is why I no longer listen to the much loved songYou can shut it all down Every last thing you defined yourself by you can give it up and go without and put up a front that gets some traction You must keep your gaze turned outward Pay attention to others Don t fall back on what is waiting to take you down Or choose to fall back on it with arms flung out at your sides Thank the god I don t believe in that she s back


Sing to It New Stories

LONGLISTED FOR THE PENFAULKER AWARD ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 “All the tawdry details I’m dying for are in these stories but they’re given out like old sweaters without shame without guile Amy Hempel is the writer who makes me feel most affiliated with other humans; we are all living this way hiding alone obsessed and that’s ok” Miranda July From legendary writer Amy Hempel one of the most celebrated and original voices in American short fictio. From pogo stick to Complaint BoardI gleefully pull out my pogo stick at the beginning of this small collection and I boing on down the road it s heaven on a stick But wait I don t want to hop any I sigh sullen and read on even though most of these stories aren t doing the trick Oh sure they have great language and style but they don t have much in the character and plot departments They re all too short too Short doesn t usually bother me but it does here And forget about closure I think there may be buried meaning all over the place but I m not willing to reread the stories than a few times And is it a good sign that I had to reread them at all Huffing and puffing I haul out the Complaint Board when I get a load of the last story which takes up half the book It s pretty long and pretty awful Okay the scoop on my short pogo stick ride The early stories are intriguing so I m all happy face expecting the joy to be endless And then I come across one story that knocks my socks off It takes place in an animal shelter and is called A Full Service Shelter It s so intense and upsetting It s especially weird that this one works for me because I can t stand sad animal stories But love it I do Cohesive compelling un put down able and very thought provoking Hempel s language is brilliant and there s a rhythm to it that pulled me in No way will I ever forget this storyNow let s get to that last looooong story Cloudland which I pretty much hated It s a hot mess There s one major storyline happening and it s super interesting and poignant but there are all these off the wall side trips that have nothing to do with it and they trump the good story My guess is that they do have something to do with the good story but it went right over my head The story reads like notes from a journal or a rough draft of a memoir No structure no characters and it s all ramble y Two of the endless and annoying asides are about Mariah Carey and sinkholes I kid you not Hempel doesn t have a high opinion of either I don t particularly disagree with her but come on this is a short story Fiction Remember Not the place to spew your opinions of a pop artist or educate us on dangerous geological structures Seriously Do I really have to read about Mariah Carey Even if Hempel had thrown in my beloved Meryl Streep I d still be mad My reaction is weird because Hempel is considered such a pro She teaches creative writing and she is hugely popular among short story fans And I know she shapes her stories carefully so I m surprised by the last piece in her collection I kept fantasizing about how much fun I would have as the editor pulling out the gem of the story hidden within and cutting out all the crapola in between They should have run it by me lol I read a couple of stories by Hempel many moons ago in the 1980s and was impressed by her language and her ability to get to the juice of life by using an economy of words Her way at looking at the world is uniue and mesmerizing and she picks up on little important or odd things that we all just let pass unnoticed and unexplained She can set up a scene that pulls you right in She truly is a master short story teller For some reason I have a tome of her short stories lying around my house and now and then I dip into it and get swallowed up So when I saw that she had a new collection I was all excited I m trying to be happy that there s one dynamite story and I m trying not to think about the fact that many of the stories are blah or really bad like that last story A Full Service Shelter gets 5 plus stars but Cloudland barely gets 2 so I end up doling out 3 stars for this collection Overall disappointing but I am glad I got to read the Full Service Shelter gem Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy

CHARACTERS Sing to It New Stories

“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 uietly dazzling these stories are replete with moments of revelation and transcendence and with Hempel’s singular startling inimitable sentences. Holy shit Worship at the feet of the master y all

10 thoughts on “Sing to It New Stories

  1. says:

    From pogo stick to Complaint BoardI gleefully pull out my pogo stick at the beginning of this small collection and I boing on down the road—it

  2. says:

    I have finished this book days ago and I keep thinking about what I have read what it left to me and I can't find exactly the right answerThe stories are very short end as long as the time to tear a sheet they ar

  3. says:

    At the end I wanted to comfort him But what I said was Sing to it The Arab proverb When danger approaches sing to it The above uote is taken from the first story in this collection Sing to It The first story is not alone in being a very short story Less than one page short While it is not the only story in here that is that short there is one that is probably around half the pages in the entire book and one early on t

  4. says:

    Sing to It is a short collection of short stories many of which are a page or less long What's amazing to me is that in a few hundred words Amy Hempel can tell an amazing story lyrical gorgeous and raw These storie

  5. says:

    I first heard about Amy Hempel around 2002 when I read an interview at least I think it was an interview with Chuck Palahniuk who was one of my favorite writers at the time  Palahniuk recommended Hempel in such a way that I felt it was necessary to read her work  I'm so glad that I did  I found her books Reasons to Live and Tumble Home A Novella and Short Stories and they absolutely devastated me in the best possibl

  6. says:

    In every way perfect this set of stories Except perhaps “The Chicane” though it’s likely I’m missing something and just need to read it a few times and carefully Favorites include “A Full Service Shelter” “I S

  7. says:

    Holy shit Worship at the feet of the master y’all

  8. says:

    275 stars I’m rounding down to distinguish from my rating of The Dog of the Marriage StoriesI received this book

  9. says:

    This is a collection of 15 short stories and some are very short about a page long None of the stories seems to be related to each other My favorite story was A Full Service Shelter about a volunteer at a dog shelter It was heart brea

  10. says:

    25 starsAmy Hempel's award winning The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel was chock full of absorbing somewhat dog centric tales with formal artistry and uirky characters Her latest collection proves that she has been doing something the past thirteen years The main problem is the brevity and insignificance of what is on display here A

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