We’re happy to announce that the Statesman Selects pick for August is Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. Bloom is one of our favorite writers. Her new novel is an absorbing tale of two sisters who travel across 1940s America and into adulthood. Bloom follows Iris and Eva from coast to coast, lover to lover, at a riveting pace. We’re proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to bring Amy Bloom to BookPeople Monday, August 11 at 7pm. Be sure to read the Statesman’s review of Lucky Us in the Sunday, August 10 edition of the paper.
Bloom’s previous story collection Come to Me was nominated for a National Book Award and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You was nominated for a Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent novel, Away, was a New York Times bestseller. We are currently taking orders for signed copies of Lucky Us via bookpeople.com.
Bookseller Love for Lucky Us:
“I read this book in under 48 hours, stopping only to go to work. Amy Bloom spins a non-stop tale of the lives of two sisters as they move from Detroit to Hollywood to New York. Old Hollywood, World War II, love and lust and family and forgiveness – Amy Bloom is a natural, masterful storyteller who will move you, make you laugh, and pin you to your seat until you’re done. Her stories remain with you. Her characters have been with me for years. I love, love, love Amy Bloom.” – Julie, long-time fool for Amy Bloom
Author Love 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 treasure.”—Michael Cunningham
Amy Bloom Quotes (or, reasons to fall in love if you haven’t already):
“I have made the best and happiest ending that I can in this world, made it out of the flax and netting and leftover trim of someone else’s life, I know, but made it to keep the innocent safe and the guilty punished, and I have made it as the world should be and not as I have found it.” ― A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
“I met Jay Jonhson. I won him the way poor people occasionally win the lottery: Shameless perseverance and embarrassingly dumb luck, and every time I see one of those sly, toothless, beaten-down souls on TV holding a winning ticket, I think, Go, team.” ― Where the God of Love Hangs Out
“Everyone has two memories. The one you can tell and the one that is stuck to the underside of that, the dark, tarry smear of what happened.” ― Away