Robin's Work



Reply All: Stories

Break Away Books, 2012

Robin's third collection of award-winning and widely anthologized short stories takes a humorous, edgy, and frank look at the human art of deception and self-deception.


A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel

University of Georgia Press, 2012

Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style—immersion writing—Robin offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre.



Little, Brown & Co., 2009

In which a forty-eight-year-old father of three returns to kindergarten, summer camp, the prom, and other embarrassments.


Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
Bison Books, 2007

In 1983, an anthropologist announced that the "anthropological find of the century"—the discovery of a "stone age" tribe in the rain forests of the Philippines—had become the "ethnographic hoax of the century." Or had it?


Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists

Longman Publishing, 2003

A collection of "non-traditional" stories from renowned as well as less familiar writers of the past 100 years.


Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness

University of Iowa Press, 2013
Graywolf Press, 1998

A recounting of the life of Robin's sister Nola, who died at the age of twenty-five after several years of treatment for schizophrenia.


Turning Life Into Fiction

Story Press, 1994
Graywolf Press, 2006

An in-depth manual, with writing exercises on how to convert real life into good storytelling.


The Big Ear (Stories)

Graywolf Press, 1994
John F. Blair, 1997

A collection of sixteen stories, with a cast of characters ranging from the queen of England to the last man on earth.


The Last Studebaker

Break Away Books, 2012
Graywolf Press, 1992 & 1993

South Bend, Indiana, where the closing of the Studebaker plant years ago has had disastrous consequences for Lois Kulwicki.


All You Can Eat (Stories)

Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988

In this collection of thirteen short stories, Hemley's characters strive to live with a decency no longer common. They confess to ignorance, or the wrong kind of knowledge, but while they quietly make mistakes, they also make amends.


The Mouse Town & Other Stories

Word Beat Press, 1987


Articles, essays, and interviews

For a selection of Robin's short fiction, articles, essays, radio appearances and more, visit the Media page.