About Amy Bloom
Amy Bloom is the critically acclaimed bestselling author of two novels, three short story collections, a nonfiction book, award-winning essays, and a children’s book. Her story collection Come to Me was a National Book Award finalist and her novel A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You was a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent novel, Away, was hailed as a “literary triumph” by The New York Times and named one of the best books of the year by more than ten newspapers. Bloom’s celebrated short stories have been featured in the The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories, and her nonfiction work has garnered her a National Magazine Award and has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and Salon.
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.” She inspires audiences with her trademark wit and eloquence, and her talks blend topics from her research, creative writing, and professional and personal experience.
Bloom lives in Connecticut, where she has taught at Yale for the last decade. She is currently Wesleyan University’s writer-in-residence. Her new novel, Lucky Us, will be published by Random House in Summer 2014.
Advance Praise for Lucky Us:
“Lucky Us is a remarkable accomplishment. One waits a long time for a novel of this scope and dimension, replete with surgically drawn characters, a mix of comedy and tragedy that borders on the miraculous, and sentences that should be in a sentence museum. Amy Bloom is a national treasure.”
“Lucky Us indeed—another Amy Bloom book. And, if it’s possible, even more powerful and affecting than her last novel, Away. This is a poignant book that manages to be funny, an unflinching portrait that manages to be tender, a tough story that manages to also have jazz and grace. Bloom is a great writer who keeps stepping into new territory, entirely unafraid. She is one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices.”
Praise for Away:
“Away is a modest name for a book as gloriously transporting as Amy Bloom’s new novel. Alive with incident and unforgettable characters, it sparkles and illuminates as brilliantly as it entertains. . . . Away is a literary triumph, a book-club must and a popular novel destined for wide readership. It is accessible to the point of pure enthrallment without compromising its eloquence or thematic strength. Yet it is also a classic page-turner, one that delivers a relentlessly good read.”
—The New York Times
“Outstanding . . . A sweeping saga of endurance and rebirth. Encompassing prison, prostitution and poetry, Yiddish humor and Yukon settings, Bloom’s tale offers linguistic twists, startling imagery, sharp wit and a compelling vision of the past. Bloom has created an extraordinary range of characters, settings and emotions. Absolutely stunning.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)