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Reasons to Live (1985) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

It is always "earthquake weather" in Amy Hempel's California, a landscape where everything can change without warning. Traditional resources—home, parents, lovers, friends, even willpower—are not dependable. And so the characters in these short, compelling stories have learned to depend on small triumphs of wit, irony, and spirit.

A widow, surrounded by a small menagerie, comes to terms with her veterinarian husband's death; a young woman entertains her dying friend with trivia and reaffirms her own life; in the aftermath of an abortion, a woman compulsively knits a complete wardrobe for a friend's baby. Buffeted by rude shocks, thwarted by misconnections, the characters recognize that anything can finally become a reason to live.


  • 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 Bogota
  • When It's Human Instead of When It's Dog
  • Why I'm Here
  • Breathing Jesus
  • Today Will Be a Quiet Day

Original title: Reasons to Live: Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Burried (1983) [Short Story]
      Author: Amy Hempel

Edition #1: Reasons to Live

Reasons to Live (1985)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Manifested in:

Reasons to Live (1995)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060976729
Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.4
Pages: 144

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