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Tumble Home: A Novella and Short Stories (Signed First Edition)

Amy Hempel

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ISBN 10: 0684833751 / ISBN 13: 9780684833750
Published by Scribner, 1997
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New York: Scribner, 1997. First edition. First printing, with full number line, including 1. Hardbound. A pristine unread copy in mylar dust wrapper protector. SIGNED by author on the title page. Brand new, opened only for signature. Shipped in well padded box. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 10-2012-11

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Title: Tumble Home: A Novella and Short Stories (...

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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A collection of stories portrays a variety of characters whose vision is slightly skewed and whose inner logic keeps leading them to make bad decisions as they become obsessed and irrational about the places they call home. 15,000 first printing.


In keeping with its minimalist content, Amy Hempel's latest collection of seven stories and a novella weighs in at a slim 155 pages; what the book lacks in heft, however, it more than makes up for in mood. Hempel, the author of two other short-story collections, is a master of witty understatement. In "The Children's Party," the narrator gives some advice to a father whose children feel that getting a new dog after the old one was killed would be disloyal: "'Tell them this: The need for the new love is faithfulness to the old,'" to which the father replies, "'That's what I used to tell myself when I cheated on my ex-wife.'" In Hempel's stories, nothing much happens, yet everything changes.

The collection's title is taken from the novella, in which a woman committed to a psychiatric institution writes a letter to a famous painter she has only met once. The letter is written over the course of several days, and as the writer chronicles her life among the other patients, she reveals her wounded psyche and her struggle to find home, "the place where nothing can touch you." In one way or another, all of Hempel's characters are looking for home, but there is nothing epic in their voyages of discovery; rather, it is in the little things--the touch of an unshaven cheek, a school of bluefish leaping in the surf, a baby's grave--that Hempel captures a whole world of feeling.

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