Reasons to Live: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1985 - Fiction - 129 pages
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This first collection of fifteen stories deals with the strategies of emotional survival and offers sharp, brittle, and intelligent looks at staying alive, at how to manage a life truly one's own, and how to resist becoming a victim

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User Review  - andrewreads - LibraryThing

The writing in this collection is so simple, lacking any sense of pretension, but at the same time it's 100% moving and memorable and wonderful. "Nashville Gone to Ashes"; "Beg, Sl Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep ... Read full review

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User Review  - blanderson - LibraryThing

Some brilliant stories, and some that suffered from Hempel's clipped style. Hempel's one fault is that her stories come across formulaic and overly constructed. The thoughts and sentences are ... Read full review


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Amy Hempel is the author of "Tumble Home, Reasons to Live, " and "At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, " and the coeditor of "Unleashed." Her stories have appeared in "Elle, GQ, Harper's, Playboy, The Quarterly, " and "Vanity Fair." She teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Bennington College and lives in New York City.

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