Where the God of Love Hangs Out

Where the God of Love Hangs Out


Book - 2010
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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."
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781400063574
Branch Call Number: FIC Bloom 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 201 p


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Jul 05, 2015

I'm generally not a short story fan, but having just finished and loved Bloom's first novel "Away," thought I'd try these, about varieties of love. Not surprisingly, I liked best two quartets of linked stories. Each is about momentary changes in long-standing relationships which have ongoing consequences that take years to resolve. Each story in the quartet is from a different point of view that lets us see each character. You'll especially like this if you're a short story fan.

ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"Love's the theme of this collection of short stories, all but four of which are interlinked tales focusing on the relationships of two very different couples: middle-aged academics William and Claire, longtime best friends who are married to other people, and interracial couple Julia and Lionel (who happens to be Julia's former stepson). Two of the stories in Where the God of Love Hangs Out have been featured in previous collections, but reading them all together gives a full sense of these characters' lives, revealed in stories that Booklist calls "emotionally precise, mordantly funny, and beautifully distilled." Fiction A to Z August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a4f4d377-8dd6-440e-bb35-99f389939f47?postId=03c1c147-b517-499d-b132-6db115231ff1

debwalker Mar 05, 2011

"I’ve recently been inspired by Amy Bloom’s exquisite Where the God of Love Hangs Out to go back and re-read her earlier short story collections. She writes with such grace, panache and precision. I always cry at the Julia and Lionel stories. As a writer who takes over 300 pages to say what she wants to say, I’m always aghast at how much breadth and plot she manages to encompass in such a short space. Her stories are like Japanese netsukes: lessons in perfection, fascination and scale."

Maggie O’Farrell’s latest novel is The Hand that First Held Mine

Globe & Mail
March 5, 2011

Feb 05, 2010

Thought-provoking short story collection by one of my favorite literary authors. Fascinating insight into seemingly mundane characters in ordinary settings.

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