About Amy Bloom
Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling novel Away, chosen as one of the best books of the year by more than ten newspapers. The New York Times called it a “literary triumph”; the Washington Post “desperate and impassioned, erotic and moving—absolutely hypnotic.” Her fiction includes Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist, and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her new collection of stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, is now on sale.
A practicing psychotherapist for 20 years (that is, after being a waitress, a bartender, an actor, and a peanut-picker), Bloom has an acute understanding of human nature and an ear especially attuned to the inner and outer voices of the characters in her books. “I spent my professional life exploring the gap between what people said and how they said it, the chasm between what they felt and what they said they felt.”
Amy Bloom is a National Magazine Award winner. She has demonstrated her versatility and wit in the essays she has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and Salon, on subjects as diverse as cooking lasagna, marrying at 50, and transsexuals. The latter inspired her first nonfiction book, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude. She teaches creative writing at Yale University and has lectured to literary groups and on campuses across the country.