Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

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Brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny, Lucky Us introduces us to Eva and Iris. Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take them from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.

With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through 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. 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.

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ISBN : 1400067243
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Valerie rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 27, 2014

I won Lucky Us for free in a GoodReads giveaway. I received a huge trade paperback with a smartly designed jacket and a beautifully illustrated cover and 238 pages of tightly-packed serifed font. Much has been made in reviews and in praise of the book's opening lines: "My father's wife died. My mo...

Alisha Marie rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 02, 2014

I thought that Lucky Us started out really intriguing. I love historical fiction and I love books about sister relationships, so I had assumed that I would love this one. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. In fact, I didn't even really like it all that much. My main issue with Lucky Us was that it...

Margitte rated it ★★★★★

April 05, 2017

"Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are; the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what." - author unknown. This is the expression I was thinking of when I read this book. And after r...

Robert rated it ★★★☆☆

August 12, 2014

If I want to learn how to turn a phrase, and fill my life with words and sentences that will make your world spin, I shall to turn to Amy Bloom. If I want to fill my world with characters like Iris and Eva, who may not be the most likeable characters on the block, and yet still get you to continu...

Dianna rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 10, 2014

This novel looked very promising, highlighting the lives of half-sisters, Eva and Iris, with the backdrop of 1940’s America. It had started out interesting and I was hoping for more, but it became a mishmash of odd situations. The writing felt disconnected and disheveled. I wasn't sure where the...

switterbug (Betsey) rated it ★★★★★

May 15, 2014

The title of Bloom’s latest novel, which takes place between the years of 1939-1949, is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, on the one hand. But, perhaps a backwards glance would reveal some truth behind those words. Lucky to be alive—and what I mean by alive is more than just breathing. These character...

Alena rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 21, 2015

For a short book this was almost painfully overwritten. I'm also mystified at how Bloom made such a dramatic period in American history so boring. She also missed multiple opportunities to make coming of age in the 194os emotionally engaging. Her characters, who had so much potential as misfits,...

Jill rated it ★★★★☆

May 13, 2014

So often, avid readers are hooked by the very first lines…or not. Here are Amy Bloom’s first lines: “My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.” How can you resist a book that starts like that? And the good news is, the prose and cad...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

April 27, 2014

A wonderful story about sisters, families and dreams, filled with memorable and unique characters. What makes a family? In this book one person is left, one is stolen, some are just accepted in the family and another returns home and becomes part of the family. Dreams of Hollywood that turn into s...

Gayle rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 29, 2014

While I was reading Amy Bloom’s new novel, Lucky Us, I had a few questions: How did a book like Lucky Us get published, as is? Did someone read it – really read it – before it got published? If you’re Amy Bloom, with a few great successes under your belt, does that mean that you get to bypass the...

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