“Impressive . . . Mr. Hemley’s stories are filled with powerful surrealistic images, some of them frightening, some of them funny. . . . Dazzling.” Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
All You Can Eat
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-261-1 • $7.95 • Paperback • Nov. 1988
Hemley writes with a precision as generous as it is funny about couples falling
out, children growing up, and loners getting by. He makes the hokey-pokey dance
in thirteen stories about the world as we thought we knew it.
man digs a hole in his ex-wife’s backyard, shoveling for hours with no hope of
finding anything but dirt. A woman arranges her husband’s wake as a
reconstruction of their first date (“Les ordered the London broil and I had the
trout . . .”). A teenager stranded at a retirement resort rebels under the care
of a great aunt notable for her purse “about the same size and shape as an
characters in these stories make mistakes and make amends. They stay with you.
And with All You Can Eat, Robin
Hemley proves himself a writer of uncommon, luminous gifts.