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Amy Hempel’s “The Most Girl Part of You” felt almost-immediately unsettling.  The narrator’s casual mention of Big Guy’s mother’s suicide was a disconcerting introduction, and Big Guy’s reaction was even more ominous, “Any place I hang myself is home”.  The voice of the narrator seemed so detached from the events within the story and she never actually reacted or illustrated her thoughts on Big Guy’s disquieting behavior.  The narration was affective to portray the troubled characteristics of the narrator and the person she loved.  Hempel allowed the voice of the narrator to speak rather than answer looming questions that the reader could have, and this caused the relationship between the narrator and Big Guy to feel convincing.

And I see that for not touching for so long was a drive to the beach with the windows rolled up so the waves feel that much colder.”

The quote above was just one of Hempel’s metaphors that made me stop and consider just how masterful her writing is.  She can take something heavenly and make it dark with such simplicity and skill.  Hempel’s writing was eerie and the events within the story became almost irrelevant through the depiction of the their relationship.  At the end of the story, Hempel left the reader with an unsettling feeling and questioning everything but still intrigued. Death and suicide take on a nonchalant manner through the uncanny perspective of the narrator and entered the reader into a bizarre atmosphere.

 

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