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  • Where the God of Love Hangs Out

    Tue, 12 Jan 2010 06:05

    Nice piece by Janet Maslin in the New York Times on Amy Bloom's new collection of short stories Where the God of Love Hangs Out:

    "At 2 o'clock in the morning, no one is to blame," Amy Bloom writes at the start of her beautifully astute new book. Her narrator is Clare, a middle-aged academic speaking in the present tense.

    Clare and her best friend on the faculty, an Englishman named William, are sitting together watching disaster coverage on CNN, the light of the television glinting off their wedding rings as they unexpectedly embrace.

    It happens that each of them is married to another person, that the spouses are present, and that the spouses are asleep at 2 a.m., when Clare and William's union begins. "It does not seem possible," Clare observes of her new lover, "that we are people with three children, two marriages and a hundred and ten years between us."

    Oh, but it does. Ms. Bloom, who has worked as a psychotherapist as well as a creative writing professor, clearly has great gifts in both those realms. Her 2008 novel, Away, was a marvel of concise eloquence and insight, full of artfully executed twists and turns. She writes about characters who are stunning in their verisimilitude but never really predictable in their behavior, and Clare and William quickly emerge as two such figures. Ms. Bloom follows them in sharply cliche-free ways from first embrace deep into guilty pleasure (more...)

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