Lucky Us (Hardcover)
August 2014 Indie Next List
“Vivid and satisfying, Lucky Us is the story of two motherless half-sisters thrown together by fate and determined to make their way in a world where the cards are stacked against them. It is a study about the way that - 'family' is not just something we're born into, but also something we make for ourselves. Bloom gives us lively, unforgettable characters who are so warm, human, and irrepressible that they transcend even the darkest events of their lives. I loved this novel!”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "THE WASHINGTON POST "AND "O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE"
""My father's wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.""
So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed "Away" was called "a literary triumph" ("The New York Times"). "Lucky Us" is a brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny novel of love, heartbreak, and luck.
Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.
With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, "Lucky Us" is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn's beauty parlors to London's West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.
Praise for "Lucky Us"
""Lucky Us" is a remarkable accomplishment. One waits a long time for a novel of this scope and dimension, replete with surgically drawn characters, a mix of comedy and tragedy that borders on the miraculous, and sentences that should be in a sentence museum. Amy Bloom is a treasure."--Michael Cunningham
"Exquisite . . . a short, vibrant book about all kinds of people creating all kinds of serial, improvisatory lives."--"The New York Times"
"Bighearted, rambunctious . . . a bustling tale of American reinvention . . . If America has a Victor Hugo, it is Amy Bloom, whose picaresque novels roam the world, plumb the human heart and send characters into wild roulettes of kismet and calamity."--"The Washington Post"
"Bloom's crisp, delicious prose gives "Lucky Us"] the feel of sprawling, brawling life itself. . . . "Lucky Us" is a sister act, which means a double dose of sauce and naughtiness from the brilliant Amy Bloom."--"The Oregonian"
"A tasty summer read that will leave you smiling . . . Broken hearts are] held together by lipstick, wisecracks and the enduring love of sisters."--"USA Today"
"Exquisitely imagined . . . a] grand adventure."--"O: The Oprah Magazine"
"Marvelous picaresque entertainment . . . a festival of joy and terror and lust and amazement that resolves itself here, warts and all, in a kind of crystalline Mozartean clarity of vision."--"Elle.
About the Author
Amy Bloom is the author of Away, a novel, and two collections of prize-winning stories: Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You. She is a psychotherapist and teaches creative writing at Yale University, where she is a Fellow of Calhoun College.
Advance praise for Lucky Us
“Lucky Us indeed—another Amy Bloom book. And, if it’s possible, even more powerful and affecting than her last novel, Away. This is a poignant book that manages to be funny, an unflinching portrait that manages to be tender, a tough story that manages to also have jazz and grace. Bloom is a great writer who keeps stepping into new territory, entirely unafraid. She is one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices.”—Colum McCann
“Lucky Us is a remarkable accomplishment. One waits a long time for a novel of this scope and dimension, replete with surgically drawn characters, a mix of comedy and tragedy that borders on the miraculous, and sentences that should be in a sentence museum. Amy Bloom is a national treasure.”—Michael Cunningham
Praise for Amy Bloom
“Absolutely hypnotic.”—The Washington Post Book World
“A master stylist.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Irresistible fiction.”—The Boston Globe
“A literary triumph . . . Alive with incident and unforgettable characters, [Away] sparkles and illuminates as brilliantly as it entertains.”—The New York Times
Where the God of Love Hangs Out
“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