While Amy Hempel is considered a quintessential minimalist writer (she came out from the umbrella of Gordon Lish and Raymond Carver), this short story. 2 2 The Harvest Amy Hempel The year I began to say vahz instead of vase, a man I barely knew nearly accidentally killed me. The man was not hurt when the . In “The Harvest” by Amy Hempel, a woman is in a horrific crash involving the motorcycle she was on and a young journalist. The man driving.

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While Amy Hempel is considered xmy quintessential minimalist writer she came out from the umbrella of Gordon Lish and Raymond Carverthis short story, probably her most famous, is more of a post-modern reflection on the nature of stories and story-telling.

Go ahead and read it herethen come back.

Kelly Hall: “The Harvest” by Amy Hempel

I can’t remember how I came across her, but it seems a lot of people discover her thanks to Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote this loving essay in praise of Hrvest.


While I am not quite as inclined to gush as Mr.

Palahniuk, I did enjoy the story. It’s one of very few short stories that made me want to reread it immediately after the first run through.

The Harvest Amy Hempel

It’s a hell of an introductory sentence, conveying tons of descriptive detail about the narrator without stating it outright. What happens in the short story is that the narrator tells one story, full of embellishment, and then tells the second, ‘real’ story. From the start, Hempel draws attention to the subterfuge that all storytellers use, not just writers: Even though she’s stated upfront that the story is not entirely true, the strength of detail draws you in anyway; we, the reader, are complicit in Hempel’s deception.

Every line is loaded with meaning and genuine depth of feeling. Even if the details are wrong, the emotions are real. And that’s what’s important.

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