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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Woodley Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985458607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985458607
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy has such an amazingly strong sense of confidence with her language. As a reader, the best feeling is to know you are in good hands; then you can lay back and enjoy the read.
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Amy Sage Webb's collection of short stories, SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE, is akin to Aesop's fables. Her ethical arguments, however, are not dramatized by animals, but human beings--characters almost like us. She dares to shine a light on dark places, as her characters struggle to make sense of their lives in a world devoid of order. With a powerful and playful imagination, she exaggerates reality and the human condition until readers cannot ignore our common defects. It as though these characters have been cursed by fate of by their genetic code. They seem hyper defective. In the first three stories, we find Webb's characters in seemingly impossible situations, apparently of their own creation. Their rationalization of their fate seems to validate their crippled lives but provides them little incentive to act in a productive way. The fourth story expands this theme as the protagonist finds herself in a world she did not create, one that requires her to act pragmatically and then to feel the implications of her fate. The characters that follow react to problem in socially bizarre ways but with little effect on their lives. They seem incapable of saving themselves. As we watch her characters fighting against their fate, however, we begin to identify with them: "There but for the grace of God, go I." We pity some, laugh at others, and sympathize with a few, but we cannot ignore them. They have enough reality to manifest the common quirks in the human condition that we all shares to one degree or another. While the injunction of the book's title, SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE, challenges her characters, it also challenges her readers as they find themselves reading about their own weaknesses. To change, we have to change our hearts and that is not easy as the picture on the cover illustrates.Read more ›
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Amy Sage Webb's Save Your Own Life should be read by all lovers of contemporary short fiction, particularly those who are interested in literature that is concerned with the written language and the significance of geographical setting. This collection's stories take ordinary people in everyday circumstances in commonplace settings, and reveal how the ordinary is, when seen acutely, surreal, etched in the mind like a life-changing dream. A pair of women's shoes can become a powerful metaphor for selfhood. A college-town bar in southeastern Ohio can become a place where a young woman's future life comes close to being determined. Indeed, all settings verge on being characters, with psychological baggage and uncomfortable tales to tell. And all of these stories are intensely focused on the mystery and power of the written word, the well of language from which reality comes into being.

G. K. Holcomb, author of Volume 17: A Vita Unwin Mystery: Volume 17 Vita Unwin Mystery
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By Rosalie on February 26, 2013
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Amy Sage Webb has an obvious love for, and command of, both the human language and storytelling that few can match. Her work is both insightful and inspiring. She is able to create well-rounded, believable characters with human thoughts, fears and flaws, and her plots are layered and engrossing. I strongly recommend this book, and look forward to more from her.
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