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Where the God of Love Hangs Out

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By Amy Bloom

Where the God of Love Hangs Out
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2010,
    224 pages.

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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 interconnected 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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"Starred Review. The four stand-alone stories, while nice, have a hard time measuring up against the more immersive interlinked material, which, really, is quite sublime." - Publishers Weekly

"Bloom’s stories are emotionally precise, mordantly funny, and beautifully distilled." - Booklist

"An eminently readable new collection." - Library Journal

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Janine
Not as bad as people say..
I've just finished this book for my senior seminar class at a private college and, let me tell you, if it were 'sex scene after sex scene' I don't think we would be reading it.
The novel is broken into sections and each section sheds new light on the characters involved, their struggles, anxieties, and strife. I personally feel that this book, though I would never have bought it if I hadn't needed it for class, was a great read. The first section was a little slow paced, but the novel really picks up after that.
Bloom is really a brilliant author and really has a way with character creation.
Give it a chance. You won't be disappointed.

Rated 2 of 5 of 5 by KPEIC
Disgusting
The first pages of this book are sex scene after sex story after sex scene. If you enjoy shallow, erotic literature, this is the book for you. But I hope you are not that kind of reader...

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Amy Bloom Author Biography

Amy Bloom, a psychotherapist for more than 20 years, is the author of two novels and three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies in the United States and abroad. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Slate, and Salon, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her first book of nonfiction, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude, is an exploration of the varieties of gender. A practicing psychotherapist, she lives in Connecticut and teaches at Yale ...

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