Where The God of Love Hangs Out commanded my attention from it's first opening lines. Surely, this new collection will have readers celebrating Amy Bloom as the powerhouse writer that she is. Each remarkable story is a poignant, insightful, humorous, and at times, terribly uncomfortable read. The territory of love and loss are common themes in fiction, but Bloom has approached them here with a fresh raw vitality that demands attention and may certainly raise a little controversy in the process. I don't know how she does it, but I found myself moving through a whole range of reactions to this collection- from pure delight, to utter shock, to "eewwww", to profound sadness in less than a chapter. What a ride! What a writer! Highly recommended. — Nancy Scheemaker
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 stories illuminate the mysteries of passion, family, and friendship. 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; two middle-aged, married friends find themselves surprisingly drawn to each other, risking all for their love but never underestimating the cost. 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 people’s emotional lives, exploring the changes that come with love and loss.
About the Author
Amy Bloom is the author of four novels: White Houses, Lucky Us, Away, and Love Invents Us; and three collections of short stories: Where the God Of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me (finalist for the National Book Award), and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Her first book of nonfiction, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, is a staple of university sociology and biology courses. Her most recent book is the widely acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, In Love. She has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Elle, The Atlantic, Slate, and Salon, and her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She is the Director of the Shapiro Center at Wesleyan University.
“Beautifully astute . . . extravagantly fine fiction.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Wise and resounding . . . [Amy] Bloom joins the ranks of the unforgettable: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s eyeless time; Virginia Woolf’s impassivity in the progress of her characters’ lives.”—Los Angeles Times
“[Bloom] writes in beautifully wrought prose, with spunky humor and a flair for delectably eccentric details. . . . Brava.”—The New York Times Book Review
“To read Bloom is to fall in love—with her characters and with the magic that language can make.”—More
“Stirring . . . Characters [are] rendered in sexy, loving, living color.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“[An] indelible new collection . . . Bloom illuminates the way our affections define us, old and young, for better or worse.”—People
“Moving, shocking, written with compassion and understanding and generously reflective of the fragility of our lives.”—The Miami Herald