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At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom

Hempel,Amy

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ISBN 10: 0394571746 / ISBN 13: 9780394571744
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine black paper covered boards orange cloth spine in fine dust wrapper. sm 8vo. 137 pgs. Bookseller Inventory # 011243

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Title: At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Stated

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Synopsis:

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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