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Love Invents Usby Amy Bloom
Synopses & Reviews
National Book Award finalist Amy Bloom has written a tale of growing up that is sharp and funny, rueful and uncompromisingly real. A chubby girl with smudged pink harlequin glasses and a habit of stealing Heath Bars from the local five-and-dime, Elizabeth Taube is the only child of parents whose indifference to her is the one sure thing in her life. When her search for love and attention leads her into the arms of her junior-high-school English teacher, things begin to get complicated.
And even her friend Mrs. Hill, a nearly blind, elderly black woman, can't protect her when real love — exhilarating, passionate, heartbreaking — enters her life in the gorgeous shape of Huddie Lester.
With her finely honed style and her unflinching sensibility, Bloom shows us how profoundly the forces of love and desire can shape a life.
"Bloom's prose combines lyrical imagery with a comfortable vernacular....Her keenly perceptive evocation of a young woman's burgeoning self-awareness and her sensuous descriptions of erotic passion are fashioned with undeniable intelligence and grace." Publishers Weekly
"[A] sweet, funny, melancholy, and tender tale...pure gold....Sensual, poignant, and precise, Bloom compresses time as gracefully as a poet..." Booklist
"The male characters often come alive, but Liz rarely does in this rather inconclusive and puzzling debut." Kirkus Reviews
"Bloom is a truly excellent writer...lyrical and funny....There is a line worth quoting on almost every page of this book." Los Angeles Times
"Bloom's precise, sensual and heartbreaking tale reminds us that the most exquisite of pleasures can be wedded to the most searing of sorrows." Chicago Tribune
"Bloom describes complicated emotional states with great sensitivity and tenderness." The New York Times Book Review
"Amy Bloom writes about love and desire with more visceral power than anyone I know....This novel is marvelous." Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
"Bloom's incredible talent lies in her ability to disturb, humor, and delight without ever becoming heavy handed or awkward. She has given us a true love story, minus all the sugar coating. Highly recommended." Library Journal
About the Author
Amy Bloom's collection of short stories, Come to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, Antaeus, River City, American Fiction, and other fiction magazines, and has been anthologized in the 1991 and 1992 Best American Short Stories collections and in the 1994 O. Henry Prize Story Collection. A contributing editor for New Woman and the Boston Review of Books, Amy Bloom lives in Connecticut.
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