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Author: Amy Bloom Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781441831224
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Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through this collection by Amy Bloom, the New York Times bestselling author of Away. Bloom’s astonishing and astute new work of connected stories illuminates the mysteries of passion, family, and friendship.

Propelled by Bloom’s dazzling prose, unmistakable voice, and generous wit, Where the God of Love Hangs Out takes us to the margins and the centers of real people’s lives, exploring the changes that love and loss create. A young woman is haunted by her roommate’s murder; a man and his daughter-in-law confess their sins in the unlikeliest of places. In one quartet of interlocking stories, two middle-aged friends, married to others, find themselves surprisingly drawn to each other, risking all while never underestimating the cost. In another linked set of stories, we follow mother and son for thirty years as their small and uncertain family becomes an irresistible tribe.

Insightful, sensuous, and heartbreaking, these stories of passion and disappointment, life and death, capture deep human truths. As The New Yorker has said, “Amy Bloom gets more meaning into individual sentences than most authors manage in whole books.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/18/2014

    " So, the thing that catches your attention here is to try to get in the mindset of the outcast American that you don't know is an outcast in the 21st century. Lives of normal people where some of underbelly is somehow more exposed in a loving sort of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/17/2014

    " Truthfully, I didn't always understand the connections between a couple of the stories and it took me a while to remember the characters, but this is one of the drawbacks of an audio flipping back to review! Bloom does flesh out her characters well, tells a good story, well, several in this case, and throws in a few curves to make it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnthorpe | 2/15/2014

    " Finished this on a trip to Sydney recently - the trip wasn't much fun so it was nice to be able to come back to Bloomland at the end of a long jetlagged day. She gets criticized for being 'stylistic' - but she has great style and writes the kind of prose where you want to go back and see "how did she do that again?". It may be 'tricksy' - but it's great tricksy and tremendously humane. You read her and you know instinctively would like to spend time with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/14/2014

    " I have to say that I was somewhat indifferent to the content of these stories but Amy Bloom writes so well that I could not stop listening. The reader who has won an Audie Award was also very good. These are short stories about the unlikely, messy and undeniable kind of love that IS despite whether it is acceptable or not and ranges from passionate love, to familial bonds and friendship that is deep and lasting. Some of it is pretty uncomfortable especially the tale of a mother and son in law that have one passionate night and have to face the repercussions the rest of their lives. Through it all though Bloom's use of language is the selling point for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/4/2014

    " Why do good writers have to sink into depravity? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 1/31/2014

    " I would definitely read Amy Bloom's work again. I love her narrative restraint and her psychological and social insights into characters; these two (an ability to "show, not tell" matched with having something worth telling) make her stories engrossing. I particularly loved the opening "quartet" (that's how Bloom referred to her interlacing short stories in the interview at the end of the edition I read) when she explores the growing relationship between two middle-aged friends whose lives are intertwined and whose romance complicates those other connections. The love between William and Clare was poignant, messy, sexy, and real (not necessarily in that order and not necessarily all at once). A thread of loss runs through this book, and that is where I found it the most powerful, when it examines the beauty of love in a life and the necessity of loss that renders that love both excruciating and indelible, even as all things change and all people pass from this earth. Those meditations (carried on indirectly and sparely, as is Bloom's wont) were quite moving. So why am I giving the collection three stars rather than four stars or five stars? The second quartet about Julia and Lionel (an interracial couple with a complicated family) ended up rambling a bit and ultimately felt more soap-opera-y to me than vivid and real. I thought the first half of the collection was more taut and understated. There came a point in the Julia and Lionel quartet when the narration was catching me up on the domestic lives of the characters (the next generation after Julia and Lionel), and I could almost hear a voice-over saying "Last week, on 'Julia and Lionel: The Next Generation'..." Rich characters and poignant stories. Particularly dug the two stand-alone stories about characters who are left out of the grand narratives they witness: one story about a social worker who observes the experiences of a girl with a flesh-eating virus and the other about a roommate who struggles with the loss of her friend through a brutal rape and murder. (Summarizing them makes the soap opera element more apparent than it feels in reading either of those stories, no matter how gothic the circumstances of their unfolding.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 1/24/2014

    " I won this book as part of the FirstReads program, and what luck--I couldn't have chosen a better book to win. Having read a few of Bloom's stories in the past, mostly for school, I was always impressed with her writing, but never actively sought out any of her work. That will change--Bloom's spare use of words to convey actions and emotions is extraordinary, and she is a true master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/24/2014

    " Amy Bloom dazzles me. How is she able to do that, create so much in the way or mood or character, so much feeling ... in just one paragraph? She does it gracefully, no sense of showing of, nothing feels contrived, just true and generously told. She just invites us in, includes us in these lives and stories. And her characters make me want that ... to know more about them, about their dreams, about the places their lives tangle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/18/2014

    " Three of the short stories in here are repeats from previous books...kind of disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/16/2013

    " my favorite amy bloom toeot date. she always entertains- but think maybe she is master of short story and these are odd, moving, intense and really, where does the god of love hang out....? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 9/6/2013

    " I really enjoy Amy Bloom's writing. This was a book of short stories which I don't usually like, but all of the characters were well developed and most of the stories were very believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 9/5/2013

    " This is the Amy Bloom collection I meant to give four stars is Alice Monro-like, it is that good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 5/17/2013

    " This was a good easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 12/14/2012

    " I loved this collection of short stories (some were more like novellas). I think I enjoyed every single one. Sped through it and would definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 9/11/2012

    " Amy Bloom could write ad copy and I'd love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JBF | 4/8/2012

    " As usual, some of the stories in this collection were fantastic. However, overall I was a bit disappointed. I recently finished re-reading "Love Invents Us" and I think maybe my expectations were a little high. Still a great collection but not as good as her others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 4/4/2012

    " Very ordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/27/2011

    " Have loved Amy Bloom since all I could find were her columns in Self Magazine and Glamour. However, this one didn't grab me so much. I enjoyed it well enough, but I just liked it, did not love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 3/11/2011

    " Really capitivating short stories. Some of her sentences are so beautiful I had to stop and reread them in appreciation. She writes very convincingly about passion, but it got a little depressiing that it always involved adultery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 10/10/2010

    " I didn't enjoy this at all...I don't even know how/why I finished it. Granted, I picked up and put down frequently...may have been better to read straight through... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/23/2010

    " This was an interesting collection of short stories in that it featured several stories about the same characters, so you could see their continuing story. All of the pieces dealt with love in its many forms. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 6/21/2010

    " I heard an interview with Amy Bloom on NPR and had to run out and read this book. Generally, I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but this was a quick and enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/26/2010

    " Loved, loved, loved this book of short stories. Very real people, very real situations and beautifully written. LOVED this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 5/16/2010

    " Interesting characters! "

About the Author

Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Away; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta, and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Bloom teaches creative writing at Yale University.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.