Amy Bloom – Lucky Us
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone
Tonight our featured guest is Amy Bloom, literary hero to thousands of readers & writers, including your host Paul Martone, executive director of Late Night Library. Amy Bloom’s new novel Lucky Us was published this summer by Random House. Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Cunningham says that “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.“
I don’t have any stupid children. We’re all clever, but I would like something more than clever when I’m reading. I want to be engaged, and I want there to be all kinds of dynamism and movement. Here’s my standard: Every sentence should advance the story and illuminate character and be interesting in and of itself, and if you hit all three, you got a winner, and if you can’t hit all three, you better have hit two out of three.
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About our guest
Amy Bloom is the author of three novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her most recent novel, Away, was an epic story about a Russian immigrant. Her recent collection of short stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, came out in January 2010. Her next novel, Lucky Us, (Random House) will be out in early 2014. She lives in Connecticut and taught at Yale University for the last decade. She is now Wesleyan University’s Distinguished University Writer in Residence.