When you cross Amy Hempel with Bret Easton Ellis you get Chuck Palahniuk. What I mean is that Ms. Hempel’s style of literary minimalism has had quite an impact on other authors who interject their own voice into Hempel’s specific vibe. Chuck is basically Amy (one of his greatest influences) with an injection from the world of the grotesque and the bizarre. That isn’t to say Amy’s stories lack personality, quite the contrary. The stories are stripped down to the essentials in such a way that they become profound in a new, and surprisingly affecting way. Wonderful stuff.
will you be offended? I sincerely doubt it.