This stunning collection of stories takes us into the inner worlds of families, the hidden corners of marriages and affairs and friendships, and introduces us to people whose lives are shaken and changed by love: a grieving mother in need of comfort; a frightened father in need of redemption; wives who become mistresses and regret it, or don’t; a psychiatrist crashing through professional boundaries to provide for her husband and son.
Amy Bloom holds her characters close to us as they encounter the everyday mysteries of need and desire, showing us tenderness and humour in the midst of grief and sorrow. She writes the kind of fiction that celebrates the flawed dignity of the human and reminds us all of the fine venture of living in grace and hope in the worlds we are born to and make.
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‘This debut collection, human and humorous, is an impressive display . . . Bloom is uncensorious, revelling in the predicaments she has created for her protagonists and their instinct for survival . . . She has great flexibility of narrative voice, whether as a middle-aged furrier in love with a schoolgirl or a young boy who accidentally shoots his cousin with his father’s gun’ The Times
‘Bereavement, moral breakdown and sexual non-conformity are the deep waters into which Amy Bloom plunges in her first book – though causing scarcely a ripple in the smooth narrative surface . . . Bloom’s advice seems to be: whatever it takes to scrape through life, do it – grand gesture or compromise, sex or shopping’ Independent on Sunday
‘Amy Bloom’s debut collection is a book which beckons if it is put down unfinished, and which – although contemporary – provides all the engrossing satisfaction of a nineteenth-century novel’ Guardian
‘An impressive addition to the booming renaissance in the American short story. Bloom has all the elegant acuity of a modern day Flannery O’Connor . . . Her style is astonishingly versatile: wry and acerbic one minute; generous and passionate the next’ GQ
‘This is truly a collection that leaves the reader in a state of grace’ Sunday Times
Amy Bloom is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. She lives in Connecticut and is Wesleyan University’s Writer-in-Residence.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060182369
Book Description Harpercollins, 1993. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Amy Bloom's first collection of short stories takes the reader into the inner lives of characters who encounter the everyday mysteries of need and desire. They include a frightened father in need of redemption, a psychiatrist who oversteps professional boundaries and a small girl eager for love. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060182369
Book Description NY: HarperCollins, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED BY BLOOM. First edition (so stated), 1st printing (with number sequence beginning with 1). FINE (no names, bookplates, remainder marks, or writing of any kind, etc.), with FINE dustjacket which still has the "20.00 price intact. New with dustjacket. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2175
Book Description Harpercollins, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060182369
Book Description Harpercollins, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060182369