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 new work of connected 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."