In Loose Diamonds, an engaging collection of essays and observations, Amy Ephron, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea, paints a rich, vivid, and comic portrait of modern living from a modern woman's perspective. Fans of the writings of Amy Sedaris and Joan Didion's Slouching Toward Bethlehem will enjoy Ephron's funny, incisive take on the intricate weave of a woman's world.
Four years ago, Amy Ephron came home to find all her jewelry was missing - taken by a burglar who'd made off with 14 million in stolen goods across Los Angeles. Gone were the gold stud earrings her mother had given to her when she'd had her ears pierced; the marcasite-and-crystal bracelet she'd worn like armor in her early twenties; the pearls from an ex-fiance. Ephron came to realize the true value of her possessions lay not in their financial worth but in the memories she associated with each piece.
With her extraordinary eye for period detail, biting wit, and subtle social commentary, Loose Diamonds is a work of priceless recollections of the funny, the sad, and the remarkable in her life. From "The Bird Man," a famous architect who taught her to believe in magic in the '60s, an afternoon in the '70s spent as a reporter with Squeaky Fromme, to long nights in the L.A. of the '80s drinking Cristal, her life-long love affair with Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, to the struggles of post-modern dating and family life, Ephron beautifully explores the power of love and loss and celebrates the value of memories. As she muses about marriage, divorce, infidelity, or the ability to say "next?" Ephron infects us with her buoyant optimism and dead-pan humor.
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"Ephron offers a deeply honest and compelling look at the events that made her the woman she is today." - The Daily Beast
"The quirky collection of stories goes back to her Los Angeles childhood and goes up through her marriage, divorce and re-marriage. Her honest approach to her good and not-so-good relationships might be just the thing for anyone feeling sorry for themselves." - Harper's Bazaar
"Ephron is a master at evoking a strong sense of time and place.... Her captivating new book is a deliciously honest account of [her] life experiences, wonderful vignettes that, to borrow her own words, are akin to 'sparkling stones that I imagine come wrapped in a velvet cloth.' - The Jewish Journal
"I must admit, I read the whole book in a single day. The pages turn themselves and Ephron has quite a palate of experiences to relate. ....The interesting thing about Ephron's stories is their unassuming honesty. She allows the reader to take away what they will, without spelling out life lessons and overly poignant observations." - HelloGiggles.com
"These bagatelles offer glittering diversion but little of lasting worth." - Kirkus
"The book's tone is entertainingly breezy, but lacks depth. The seeming randomness and paucity of material makes the slim volume feel like a dry run for a longer work." - Publishers Weekly
"[A] nosegay of life essays whose pronouns are mostly 'I' and 'we,' but are also by implication 'you' - as in, 'here's my experience of this or that life-changing moment; what's yours?'" - The News Tribune
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Novelist and screenwriter, Amy Ephron is the author of A Cup of Tea, White Rose, Cool Shades, Bruised Fruit, and Biodegradable Soap. She lives in Los Angeles with her three children.
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