"My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us."
So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called "a literary triumph" (The New York Times). Lucky Us is a brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny novel of love, heartbreak, and luck.
Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.
With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.
"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." (Colum McCann)
"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 treasure." (Michael Cunningham)
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Somewhat like being in the Oz Poppy Field
Improbable disjointed story with flat characters
The sisters relationship was the strongest part of the book.
I'm trying to actually read this book now to see if the performance might have added to what turned me off about this book.
The section on Danny when Eva was telling him his life story. The reader already knew his life story so why retell it in babyish language --and using the adjective "amazing" a million times? Why tell about his experiences in school since the character really led nowhere other than being a prop for the Eva character.
The characters weren't fleshed out enough. Why did they do what they did? Why was Eva a slave to everyone around her? Why did Eva and Iris have a falling out? Why did Francisco leave Hollywood? Why did Clare get involved with Edgar and then lose interest the minute he got sick?
- L. Dubas