I'm generally not a short story fan, but having just finished and loved Bloom's first novel "Away," thought I'd try these, about varieties of love. Not surprisingly, I liked best two quartets of linked stories. Each is about momentary changes in long-standing relationships which have ongoing consequences that take years to resolve. Each story in the quartet is from a different point of view that lets us see each character. You'll especially like this if you're a short story fan.
"Love's the theme of this collection of short stories, all but four of which are interlinked tales focusing on the relationships of two very different couples: middle-aged academics William and Claire, longtime best friends who are married to other people, and interracial couple Julia and Lionel (who happens to be Julia's former stepson). Two of the stories in Where the God of Love Hangs Out have been featured in previous collections, but reading them all together gives a full sense of these characters' lives, revealed in stories that Booklist calls "emotionally precise, mordantly funny, and beautifully distilled." Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a4f4d377-8dd6-440e-bb35-99f389939f47?postId=03c1c147-b517-499d-b132-6db115231ff1
"I’ve recently been inspired by Amy Bloom’s exquisite Where the God of Love Hangs Out to go back and re-read her earlier short story collections. She writes with such grace, panache and precision. I always cry at the Julia and Lionel stories. As a writer who takes over 300 pages to say what she wants to say, I’m always aghast at how much breadth and plot she manages to encompass in such a short space. Her stories are like Japanese netsukes: lessons in perfection, fascination and scale."
Maggie O’Farrell’s latest novel is The Hand that First Held Mine
Globe & Mail
March 5, 2011
Thought-provoking short story collection by one of my favorite literary authors. Fascinating insight into seemingly mundane characters in ordinary settings.
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