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A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You: Storiesby Amy Bloom
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 07:30 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR
"My father's wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us." So begins Lucky Us (Random House), the remarkable new novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called "a literary triumph" (The New York Times). Disappointed by their families, Iris and Eva journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island. With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn's beauty parlors to London's West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.
Synopses & Reviews
Amy Bloom was nominated for a National Book Award for her first collection, Come to Me, and her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Story, Antaeus, and other magazines, and in The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. In her new collection, she enhances her reputation as a true artist of the form.
Here are characters confronted with tragedy, perplexed by emotions, and challenged to endure whatever modern life may have in store. A loving mother accompanies her daughter in her journey to become a man, and discovers a new, hopeful love. A stepmother and stepson meet again after fifteen years and a devastating mistake, and rediscover their familial affection for each other. And in "The Story," a widow bent on seducing another woman's husband constructs and deconstructs her story until she has "made the best and happiest ending" possible "in this world."
"Amy Bloom gets more meaning into individual sentences than most authors manage in whole books." The New Yorker
"[W]itty, whip-smart and deeply moving....
"With consummate skill and good grace, Bloom shows how people are capable of almost anything, and why." San Francisco Chronicle
"Rarely does a writer pinpoint human foibles with such loving astringency." The Washington Post Book World
"[A] masterful collection of short stories by a practicing psychotherapist....With tender, albeit sharp, sensibilities and ringingly precise use of language, the author affirms the absolute and essential need to heal, to survive, and to love." Booklist
"[G]ritty, wisecracking, rudely contemporary....Bloom's precisely observed, rhetorically nervy stories sometimes strain our credulity — but they burrow unerringly into her people's damaged hearts and worried minds with intensity every bit as compassionate as it is clinical." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
A licensed psychotherapist, Amy Bloom has been nominated for both the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Antaeus, Story, Mirabella, Self, and Vogue, among other publications, and in many anthologies here and abroad, including The Best American Short Stories; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women; and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. She has previously published the short story collection Come to Me and the novel Love Invents Us. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
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