The unusual pervades these stories, and Bloom handles some outsized events with delicacy and humor. In "Sleepwalking," a new widow sends her stepson away after they've slept together, because she wants him to have a normal life. The author makes us aware that there's something terrible and foolhardy about this woman's decision. Several other characters find themselves in equally desperate situations, their only consolation being recollections of earlier bliss, often sensual: "It was like nothing else in my life, that river of love that I could dip into and leave and return to once more and find it still flowing." For them, memories of past happiness makes present sorrow bearable.
I give this book 5 stars because right off the bat you fall in love with Amy Bloom's style of writing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kerlin Elva
Amy Bloom is a subtle, insightful writer with the ability to tell stories that reveal the 'real' in each characterPublished 15 months ago by Kingfisher Girl
This was my very first excursion into the literary world of this author and having read this collection of stories I am now confident that it won't be my last. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Beverly C Fox
The people in each story of Amy Bloom's "Come to Me" cross a line they shouldn't. Nonetheless, the author helps us understand and sometimes sympathize with her all too... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Meredith Kopald
This collection by Amy Bloom was one of the books that made me want to become a writer of truth. Not truth as in non-fiction. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by Shanna Germain
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Amy Bloom is a storyteller I turn to again and again; whether it's because I want a good cry or I want sentences so... Read more