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Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel

A world in miniature

From the October, 2008 issue

Back in the 1980s, Amy Hempel became famous for one extraordinary short story, "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried." In it the narrator visits a friend who is in the last stages of cancer, and the two women simply talk, or try to find a way to talk, about almost anything but the disease, until the narrator is overwhelmed by her inability to find "the

 
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