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Lucky Us

Lucky Us: A Novel - Amy Bloom

This novel is a roller coaster—the highs, the lows, the sharp turns and corkscrew loops.

 

But that does not mean it's great. The entire novel is a little too crazy and unpredictable. This is the fourth of Bloom's novels that I have read—and I really enjoyed her last two, Away and Where the God of Love Hangs Out. So I had high hopes for this one. But really, how many crazy and difficult instances can one woman and her half sister find themselves in? And one man? Or, actually, two men?

 

As usual though, Bloom is adept at giving her characters lives before and after her story takes place. This time, she has woven them into the plot a bit more—rather than being an aside. I think I prefer the quick summaries—as she did in Away—much more.