Lucky Us

A Novel

Bloom, Amy

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lucky Us
Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-twentieth-century Long Island.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 1400067243
Characteristics: 240 pages ;,25 cm


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Feb 19, 2015
  • vicbutterfly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After being so impressed with 'Away', I found this book by the same author confusing, convoluted and disappointing though there were a few interesting scenarios.

Dec 25, 2014
  • misswindsor rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book has a super opening line and really good characters. Despite the fact that I didn't care for the switches between 1st and 3rd person, it was very well written. The author has a way with words.

Oct 26, 2014
  • kelliyfults rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

very much enjoyed the journeys of these wonderful, flawed characters... carving out 'good lives' from poor choices is a talent-

Oct 01, 2014
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Take a moment and read the first words of the 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." It's simple, precise, and beautifully sets up the novel, a coming-of-age story of two precocious half-sisters in 1940s Ohio - one older, talented, and beautiful, the younger one quieter and more observant. They travel from Ohio to Hollywood to New York City, trying to create a family for themselves by any means necessary, brashly reinventing themselves as they go. I enjoyed the characters - Bloom tells the story through the younger sister's eyes as well as letters from other characters - and also the immersive language and mid-century American setting, which will make this novel an instant book-club classic.

Aug 10, 2014

Book with Buzz for Summer 2014.

Aug 10, 2014
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lucky Us is a new coming-of-age novel set in the 40s and 50s by best-selling novelist Amy Bloom. Eva is a young woman left by her mother at the home of her estranged husband, Edgar, on the day of his new wife’s funeral. There Eva meets her new big sister, Iris, with whom she runs away with as Iris seeks stardom in Hollywood. There they befriend Franciso, a gay hair and make-up man who helps Iris on her way up and subsequently down the Hollywood ladder before a surprise reunion with Edgar leads all three of them to Brooklyn where Eva settles into her life.

For the first half of the book, Eva is mainly a spectator in her the life of her family. Too young to work, unable to attend school, Eva helps her sister try to achieve her goals while carefully observing the vagaries of life. A series of sudden tragedies push Eva into a more active role in her own life, as she finds herself without a support system and people who are dependent upon her.

Through it all, Bloom keeps things light, even when dealing with difficult situations. She’s a great writer, using language that is clear yet beautifully composed, and creating voices that are unique and sympathetic. I had the privilege of seeing Ms. Bloom talk about her at the time forthcoming novel at Book Expo America last May and found to be utterly charming, strong-willed, and hilarious. I highly recommend both Amy Bloom and Lucky Us.


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Aug 10, 2014
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amy Bloom's coming-of-age tale set largely in the 40s and 50s tells the story of Eva, who was left by her mother at her father's new home after the funeral of his new wife, then ran away from him with her new older sister Iris so she could find stardom in Hollywood. For the first half of this entertaining and well constructed novel, Eva is a spectator in her own life; too young to really work, unable to go to traditional school, she watches the actions of those around her and learns of the struggle that life can be.

In her teens, a series of tragedies strike that leave her in challenging circumstances, trying to make her way in life with little help and others dependent on her. Yet Bloom maintains a light touch while exploring serious issues. Lucky Us is entertaining, beautifully written, and imaginative. I saw Bloom talk about this novel at Book Expo America and she was a terrific speaker, fun, funny, and fool of life. I recommend Amy Bloom and Lucky Us heartily.


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