The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

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The Collected Stories
Hempel stories.jpg
First edition hardcover, 2006
AuthorAmy Hempel
CountryUnited States
Genreshort stories
Publication date
May 9, 2006
Media typePrint, Paperback & Hardcover
Pages432 p.
LC ClassPS3558.E47916A6 2006

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel is a compilation of all Hempel's short stories published between 1985 and 2005. The collection was published by Scribner in 2006 with an introduction by Rick Moody. The book was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 best books of 2006.[1]

The collection includes Hempel's four previous collections: Reasons to Live (1985), At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom (1990), Tumble Home (1997), and The Dog of the Marriage (2005).


Foreword by Rick Moody: "On Amy Hempel"

Reasons to Live[edit]

  • "In a Tub"
  • "Tonight Is a Favor to Holly"
  • "Celia Is Back"
  • "Nashville Gone to Ashes"
  • "San Francisco"
  • "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried"
  • "Beg, Sl Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep"
  • "Going"
  • "Pool Night"
  • "Three Popes Walk into a Bar"
  • "The Man in Bogotá"
  • "When It's Human Instead of When It's Dog"
  • "Why I'm Here"
  • "Breathing Jesus"
  • "Today Will Be a Quiet Day"

At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom[edit]

  • "Daylight Come"
  • "The Harvest"
  • "The Most Girl Part of You"
  • "Rapture of the Deep"
  • "Du Jour"
  • "Murder"
  • "The Day I Had Everything"
  • "To Those of You Who Missed Your Connecting Flights Out of O'Hare"
  • "And Lead Us Not into Penn Station"
  • "In the Animal Shelter"
  • "At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom"
  • "The Lady Will Have the Slug Louie"
  • "Under No Moon"
  • "The Center"
  • "Tom-Rock Through the Eels"
  • "The Rest of God"

Tumble Home[edit]

  • "Weekend"
  • "Church Cancels Cow"
  • "The Children's Party"
  • "Sportsman"
  • "Housewife"
  • "The Annex"
  • "The New Lodger"
  • "Tumble Home"
  • "Notes"

The Dog of the Marriage[edit]

  • "Beach Town"
  • "Jesus Is Waiting"
  • "The Uninvited"
  • "Reference #388475848-5"
  • "What Were the White Things?"
  • "The Dog of the Marriage"
  • "The Afterlife"
  • "Memoir"
  • "Offertory"
  • "Notes"


  1. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2006 - New York Times". November 29, 2006. Retrieved 2010-05-01.