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Sing to It by Amy Hempel

Sing to It: New Stories

Amy Hempel

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Imprint: Scribner Book Company
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication date: 26 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781982109110
4 stars out of 5
Erica Wagner
29 May 2019

"rich and compelling"

Hempel’s work has the staccato structure of authentic thought. “The Chicane” has the swerving rhythm its title would suggest; its narrator recalls her aunt Lauryn’s troubled relationships with men (a French film star, a former racing-car driver)... There is something moving and surprising in this willed engagement with difficult memories; she goes to see the film, knowing, or part-knowing, the emotion it will provoke. The resolution offered is satisfying for the reader, but by no means neat... The final story, “Cloudland”, is by far the longest: nearly a novella...  This moving story unfolds with a stately power; an end-note informs the reader of its source... The forms of Hempel’s fiction are rich and compelling, each story a revelation of fractured grace. Sure, keep it coming.