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A Letter from Author Amy Bloom
Bloom's latest collection (after novel Away) looks at love in many forms through a keenly perceptive lens. Two sets of stories that read much like novellas form the book's soul; the first of which revolves around two couples—William and Isabel, Clare and Charles—and begins with Clare and William falling into an affair that endures divorces, remarriage and illness. Bloom has an unsettling insight into her character's minds: Clare's self-disgust is often reflected in her thoughts about William, demonstrating the complexity of their attraction as their comfort with each other grows, until she finally accepts the beauty of what they have—albeit too late. The second set of stories, featuring Lionel and Julia, is more complicated; the death of Lionel's father propels Lionel and Julia together in a night of grief, remarkable (and icky) mostly because Julia is Lionel's stepmother and his father's widow. As years go by, it is unclear whether Lionel's difficulties are due to that indiscretion, but watching Bloom work Lionel, Julia and her son through the rocky aftermath is a delight. The four stand-alone stories, while nice, have a hard time measuring up against the more immersive interlinked material, which, really, is quite sublime. (Jan.)
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I enjoyed this book and thought the characters were realistic and interesting . This book made me feel like I was there.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a late-comer to Amy Bloom, and that means I've got some catching up to do. Now that I've discovered this wonderful author, one of my goals in life will have to be reading... Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. Bunker
okay stories, a little disjointed however and felt like there were missing pieces - this was purchased accidentally and felt it was entirely too expensive for the valuePublished 11 months ago by Joan2E
Don't waste your money. Didn't like the self-indulgent and slimy characters, or the author's voice.Published 11 months ago by L. Brown
I hate short stories. I was so confused when the first story ended and the second started. I thought at some point they would intersect but by the time I was 40% done with the book... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jill A Dillon
Great stories about human relationship. Great writing and touching narrative.
Thanks for sharing.
Could not put it down. Recommended reading!
The author grabbed my attention with the first line. These are no sappy love stories. The characters are real and fascinating. My only wish is that Ms. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jo
It's been a while since I read any short stories. After reading 'Where the God of Love Hangs Out' I'll likely pick up a few more collections. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bruce
I am giving this 3 stars because I only liked the first half of this collection of short stories. The themes seemed to get progressively darker and less interesting to me as I... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Danielle