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Where the God of Love Hangs Out [Hardcover]

Amy Bloom
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Book Description

12 Jan 2010
Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through this collection by Amy Bloom, the New York Times bestselling author of Away. Bloom's astonishing and astute new work of interconnected stories illuminates the mysteries of passion, family, and friendship.

Propelled by Bloom's dazzling prose, unmistakable voice, and generous wit, Where the God of Love Hangs Out takes us to the margins and the centers of real people's lives, exploring the changes that love and loss create. A young woman is haunted by her roommate's murder; a man and his daughter-in-law confess their sins in the unlikeliest of places. In one quartet of interlocking stories, two middle-aged friends, married to others, find themselves surprisingly drawn to each other, risking all while never underestimating the cost. In another linked set of stories, we follow mother and son for thirty years as their small and uncertain family becomes an irresistible tribe.

Insightful, sensuous, and heartbreaking, these stories of passion and disappointment, life and death, capture deep human truths. As The New Yorker has said, "Amy Bloom gets more meaning into individual sentences than most authors manage in whole books."

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  • Hardcover: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (NY); First Edition edition (12 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400063574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400063574
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully astute . . . extravagantly fine fiction." --Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" "Wise and resounding . . . [Amy] Bloom joins the ranks of the unforgettable: F. Scott Fitzgerald's eyeless time; Virginia Woolf's impassivity in the progress of her characters' lives."--"Los Angeles Times" "[Bloom] writes in beautifully wrought prose, with spunky humor and a flair for delectably eccentric details. . . . Brava."--"The New York Times Book Review" "To read Bloom is to fall in love--with her characters and with the magic that language can make."--"More " "Stirring . . . Characters [are] rendered in sexy, loving, living color."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "[An] indelible new collection . . . Bloom illuminates the way our affections define us, old and young, for better or worse."--"People" "Moving, shocking, written with compassion and understanding and generously reflective of the fragility of our lives."--"The Miami Herald" spent a week --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

AMY BLOOM is the author of two collections of stories, Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and two novels: Away (published by Granta Books) and Love Invents Us. She also teaches creative writing at Yale University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I almost gave up on the book, because the start of first story I found a bit depressing. It seemed like a story of "pensioner sex" and I just did not want to read about it. Then the pace and interest in the first story picked up, as it did with the rest of the book.

The stories are about real people in the real US and the characters are interesting, hateful or loveable or just real.

Some stories are almost novellas, and they are all worth reading. Sometimes I had to reread sentences because who is doing what is not always explictly stated, I had to work a bit harder than normal. But that might just be me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Brilliant! 14 Sep 2011
By clara76
I'm not - or hadn't been until I read this - a fan of short story collections (one-offs I like...). So this took me utterly by surprise! Often when writing is so well-crafted it loses emotion. However both were in abundance in this collection - so much so that I immediately sought out her entire back-catalogue. This book is just beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 4 Jun 2010
A very interesting collection of short stories, about love and relationships. Subtle, very well-written, it makes you read it in a few days. Loved it!
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