At The Animal Shelter by Amy Hempel, 1990
The magic trick:
Grabbing the reader’s attention with an interesting first line
Writing this week about all these Amy Hempel stories, well, we’re bound to spend time talking about her opening sentences. Almost without fail, she hits you with an attention-grabber early on. Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s just plain odd.
In “Animal Shelter,” it’s neither. It’s interesting.
And that’s quite a trick on Hempel’s part.
Every time you see a beautiful woman, someone is tired of her, so the men say.
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