Reasons to Live, Amy Hempil, 1985  &At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Amy Hempil, 1990

Another talented writer struggling with the down side of life, Hempil brilliantly creates characters who are losers in the game of life, persevering through adversity.  Reminiscent of Lydia Davis and Saunders, some of the stories are near perfect, nearly all are downers.