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Sing to It
Sing to It | Amy Hempel
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From award-winning author Amy Hempel, one of the most celebrated and original voices in American short fiction: a stellar new story collectionher first in over a decadeabout people finding meaning and connection in the idiosyncratic lives they lead. Amy Hempel has a stunning reputation as one of the most important voices of contemporary American short fiction. She is a multiple award winner, the recipient of broad acclaim, and her Collected Stories, which compiled her four previous collections, is widely considered essential reading among writers, students, and readers of great fiction. This new collection, her first in more than a decade, is a veritable publishing event. In these exquisitely honed and consistently surprising stories, where every sentence sings, Amy Hempel takes readers inside the surpassing trials of daily life. In A Full-Service Shelter, a volunteer at a dog shelter in Spanish Harlem works tirelessly and passionately to deliver care to dogs who are on a list to be euthanized the next morning. In Greed, a spurned wife investigates her husbands 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 baby for adoption after discovering the true story of what went on in a maternity home nearby decades earlier. Woven throughout this collection are Hempels bracing truths and her ability to paint moments that are ordinary, devastating, and deeply human. Sing to It is a dazzling, unmissable collection from a quintessential American writer.
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sthenia
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stuck in my head all week

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DreesReads
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Short stories featuring people who are sad—an animal shelter volunteer, someone missing their deceased dog, a woman who gave a baby up for adoption decades earlier. “Cloudland” is the standout, is half the book, and is one of only two stories not previously published. #shortstories

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I think you are either a Hempel fan or you aren‘t. This is not the collection I would suggest for a neophyte (Reasons To Live or At The Gates of The Animal Kingdom are better places to start) but this one has some gems, too.

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🤣🤣🤣

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Overall a good collection of short stories.

Full Service Shelter was hard to read. Ode to all the hard work shelter volunteers put in and a warm hug to pit bulls and similar dogs who are hard to place, if policy even allows.

#amyhempel #shortstories

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Pricel101
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I love short stories! Some of the stories can be cryptic, but I enjoy a well written challenge.

“Full Service Shelter” is a must read for anyone who has worked in rescue or loves pit-bull type dogs. 💔🐾

In “Greed” a young wife spies on her husband being seduced by an older woman, a neighbour. 🍏🍏🍏
Read this book in a few hours and really liked it!

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Dorianna
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This was The Book I was most looking forward to this year, and I would gleefully read the writer‘s grocery lists. I pre-ordered the audiobook and periodically checked the internet until I found a book event near me (she was delightful). My opinion is more than a bit biased. Hempel‘s sentences stick with me for a long, long time, which is why I love her so much. I waited a years for her to publish a new book, and I was not disappointed.

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kyraleseberg
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I read Hempel's work for the first time about 20 years ago after seeing a recommendation from Chuck Palahniuk.
I'm not a huge fan of short stories but my confidence in Hempel is still solid after all these years!

My review is on Roots & Reads:
https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/review-sing-to-it/

Thanks to Scribner and NetGalley for an ARC.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Amy Hempel's latest short story collection varies in topic and length. I adore super-short fiction and those pieces, so carefully honed, were my favorites of the collection. However, overall, I felt that the group lacked cohesion and I, personally, liked some, didn't like others. So, mixed bag. #netgalley

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