ARC Giveaway : Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

July 7, 2014

This vivid historical novel set in the Depression, World War II, and postwar period, focuses on two half sisters that couldn’t be more different.  Iris is an attention-seeking budding movie then stage actress whose career and love life suffer from the prejudices of the times. Eva is her overshadowed bookish kid sister.  From Ohio to LA to Brooklyn to London the sense of time and place is the strongest element.  There is a lot of tragedy here and sympathetic characters die, but the resilience of an unusual family that knows how to survive on its wits in tough times is memorable.  The relationship dynamic of the sisters reminds me of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland –  the Depression-era turns-of-fortune element of Jamie Ford’s Songs of Willow Frost.  The women’s father, who both nurtures and steals from them, is also interesting.

Lucky Us is coming out next month. I would love to pass this ARC on to the first to comment.

 

Lucky us : a novel

“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. nbsp; 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. nbsp; 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…

 

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2 Responses to “ARC Giveaway : Lucky Us by Amy Bloom”

  1. Donna Says:

    This has gotten great reviews; I would love a copy.
    Donna

  2. nelsdar Says:

    On its way thanks!


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