Reasons to Live

Reasons to Live

Amy Hempel

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 0060976721

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Hempel's now-classic collection of short fiction is peopled by complex characters who have discovered that their safety nets are not dependable and who must now learn to balance on the threads of wit, irony, and spirit.

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