Northshire hosts short story master Amy Hempel

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MANCHESTER — The Northshire Bookstore will host Amy Hempel, a master of the short story and one of the most celebrated and original voices in American short fiction, at 6 p.m. Jan. 10.

Hempel, who teaches at Bennington College, will present "Sing to It," which the Wall Street Journal calls an "exquisite collection" and NPR calls a "quiet masterpiece by a true American original."

Hempel is a multiple award winner and is beloved and highly regarded among writers, reviewers and readers of contemporary fiction.

Her ravishing, sometimes heartbreaking collection "Sing to It," her first in over a decade, is a literary event full of stories that are "riveting in precision," according to The Atlantic.

These 15 exquisitely honed stories reveal Hempel at her most compassionate and spirited, as she introduces characters, lonely and adrift, searching for connection.

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In "A Full-Service Shelter," a volunteer at a dog shelter tirelessly, devotedly cares for dogs on a list to be euthanized.

In "Greed," a spurned wife examines her husband's affair with a glamorous, older married woman.

And in "Cloudland," the longest story in the collection, a woman reckons with the choice she made as a teenager to give up her newborn infant.

Quietly dazzling, these stories are replete with moments of revelation and transcendence and with Hempel's singular, startling, inimitable sentences.

Amy Hempel is the author of "Sing to It," "The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel," "The Dog of the Marriage," "Tumble Home," "At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom," and "Reasons to Live," and the coeditor of "Unleashed." Her stories have appeared in Harper's, Vanity Fair, GQ, Tin House, The Harvard Review, The Quarterly, and have been widely anthologized, including Best American Short Stories and The Best Nonrequired Reading. She teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Bennington College, and at Stony Brook Southampton. She lives near New York City.


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