AT THE GATES OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.

Hempel, Amy.

ISBN 10: 0394571746 / ISBN 13: 9780394571744
Published by New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. dj, 1990
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. Her second collection - sixteen stories of the "rogue stresses that threaten to undo the stability of modern women." Becoming increasingly difficult to find in the first edition. 137 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 49369

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Title: AT THE GATES OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.

Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. dj

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection of stories deals with women's responses to life's challenges

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Here the very talented Hempel works in a hard-bitten, often mannered mode with material made familiar in her first book, Reasons to Live . The stories in her new collection follow people through crises and emergencies, from traffic accidents to mastectomies, as they take risks, waiting "for the moment that would snap me out of my seeming life" yet frequently "cut off from meaning and completion" in the end. A housewife in "Under No Moon" is mysteriously bent on seeing a comet, but in a minor comedy of errors fails to do so. The earnest and foolish young mother in "The Center" attempts to sponsor a destitute child, all the while behaving with the self-serving zeal of a super-yuppie consumer. In "The Harvest," one of the strongest stories, a narrator reconstructs, then deconstructs, the events leading up to and following a motorcycle injury that leaves a lasting psychological wound. Mordant and unsentimental, Hempel works with a sharp wit that sometimes shaves away too ruthlessly at characters, limiting the depth of her sympathy--and ours.
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