- Published: 03/03/2011
- ISBN: 9781847081698
- 208 pages
Where The God Of Love Hangs Out
A young woman struggles to come to terms with her friend’s murder; a man and his daughter-in-law confess their sins in the most unlikely of places; a daughter returns to her hated father’s house to care for him in his final days and discovers an unexpected bond; and, in a set of interlocking stories, two middle-aged friends, married to others, find themselves irresistibly sexually drawn to one another. In this sensuous, funny and heartbreaking new book, Amy Bloom explores the unexpected patterns that love, and its absence, weave into our lives. With her generous and clear-eyed understanding of human complexity and contrariness, the award-winning author introduces us to some of her most unforgettable characters yet.
Her sentences are clear and inviting, her plots have arcs, and moment by moment the stories ring emotionally true. This is unrelentingly pleasurable fiction ... Bloom's writing manages to be at once light and grave. She treats her characters with a seriousness that makes them real. That is the odd, neat trick of all good fiction
Lionel Shriver, Financial Times
Her characters are very believable, of the moment, and also original and surprising. Above all, her writing is lovely: the words sparkle along, in the speedy river of wit which is almost a hallmark of the contemporary American short story. It's a highly entertaining style, and the juxtaposition of that wisecracking Woody Allen-ish voice with profound insights into the human heart is highly effective ... This is a great piece of fiction, thought provoking, and highly entertaining
Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Irish Times
[She writes about middle age] as though it were as delicious and exhilarating as youth (which, in its way, it is - if only anyone but Bloom had noticed) ... Her writing is so distilled, so economical and clever and muscular and affectionate that even as you wish there was more of it, really you know that she has said everything there is to say, quite perfectly
Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
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