The Dog of the Marriage: Collected Stories

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A quietly powerful presence in American fiction in during the past two decades, these collected stories show the true scale of Hempel's achievement. Her compact fictions, populated by smart neurotic somewhat damaged narrators, speak grandly to the longings and insecurities in all of us, and in a voice that is bracingly direct and sneakily profound. These are stories about people who make choices that seem inevitable, whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience. With her trademark compassion and wit, Hempel takes readers into the marriages, minor disasters and moments of revelation in an uneasy America

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In airports, and on trains, the toughest part of reading Dog of the Marriage is how much your jaw muscles ache from the effort it takes not to laugh and cry in front of strangers. Amy Hempel is my god among writers - Chuck Palahnuik



Hempel is the quintessence of a writer's writer - hugely admired by her peers. These ultrashort, gemlike, sometimes gnomic stories make her a touchstone of literary purity and integrity - and one of the saddest and funniest writers now working - Newsweek



These are astonishing stories, hilarious and surprising and insightful, written in prose so sharp you could cut meat with it. If there's a funnier, smarter, or richer book published this year, I will eat my shoes.' Guardian



This is a collection one of our very best current writers. It is full of life, of absences and moving blankness. As one of her characters puts it: “I leave out a lot when I tell the truth”'. Telegraph



This collection brings together the work of one of America's great contemporary writers of short stories...artfully fuses anecdotes, gags and drop-dead one-liners, with a dark undertow of longing. The stories are feats of concision - Financial Times

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Hempel is a writer's writer, with an ability to scar rather than scare ... In film, her process would be compared to Stanley Kubrick or Terrence Malick, in music, Kate Bush or Leonard Cohen ... The Dog of the Marriage is the fruit of a quietly extraordinary life spent shaping language into magic - Sunday Business Post
For those who prefer their fiction astringent, this book of short stories is the equivalent of a vat of whiskey sours. I sucked it back in a couple of long sessions and emerged high on Hempel's cask-strength prose ... Writing this beautiful is intrinsically cheering - Time Out (5 Star Review)
The story's power comes from its minimalism, something that has inspired fans such as Chuck Pahlaniuk ... a fascinating collection, well worth exploring for those interested in short fiction - The Catholic Herald

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