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Lucky Us
Lucky Us: A Novel | Amy Bloom
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and more.My fathers 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. Iriss 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 Brooklyns beauty parlors to Londons West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.Praise for Lucky UsLucky 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 CunninghamExquisite . . . a short, vibrant book about all kinds of people creating all kinds of serial, improvisatory lives.The New York Times Bighearted, rambunctious . . . a bustling tale of American reinvention . . . If America has a Victor Hugo, it is Amy Bloom, whose picaresque novels roam the world, plumb the human heart and send characters into wild roulettes of kismet and calamity.The Washington Post Blooms crisp, delicious prose gives [Lucky Us] the feel of sprawling, brawling life itself. . . . Lucky Us is a sister act, which means a double dose of sauce and naughtiness from the brilliant Amy Bloom.The Oregonian A tasty summer read that will leave you smiling . . . Broken hearts [are] held together by lipstick, wisecracks and the enduring love of sisters.USA Today Exquisitely imagined . . . [a] grand adventure.O: The Oprah Magazine Marvelous picaresque entertainment . . . a festival of joy and terror and lust and amazement that resolves itself here, warts and all, in a kind of crystalline Mozartean clarity of vision.ElleFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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merelybookish
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One of the sisters in this novel is a starlet in #Hollywood but her promising career is marred by scandal.
@cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen This was an interesting read ~ I remember parts of it and recall enjoying 3w
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megnews
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In Lucky Us, young Eva stumbles upon #tarotreading as an occupation.

#Screamathon

4thhouseontheleft 🔮💜 2mo
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megnews
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Pickpick

Not anything like I thought it was going to be but I really liked this book. Loved Eva and the whole cast of characters making their way through life and building a family of their own.

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megnews
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I always have to have my say 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ (edited) 5mo
megnews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know the feeling! I really related to this quote. The older I get the more I‘ve learned to choose my battles (or recognize it‘d be wasted breath). But still a struggle! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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megnews
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Well that‘s a wrap folks. Finished 4 I had been reading, did a little audiobooking, and 60% of the way through the tagged book today. I really like it.

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megnews
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Hello Litsy Friends!
I wanted to try something new next month. These 4 books keep calling my name and I‘m wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a #buddyread on one of them in August. The more the merrier. If there‘s interest in more than one book, perhaps we could try again in September. One book is tagged for this post. The rest are tagged below. Let me know if you‘re interested!

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sblbooks That sounds like a good idea. Auschwitz Lullaby sounds great. I read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek last month, and loved it. 5mo
megnews Ok @sblbooks you want to join me for Auschwitz Lullaby next month? It‘s about 300 pages. Do you want me to break up the reading schedule over 3 or 4 weeks? We can post quotes & thoughts and I can post discussion questions at the end. Sound like a plan? 5mo
sblbooks @megnews sure, it should be fun. 5mo
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xxjenadanxx
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Mehso-so

I chose this book solely on the cover. The lion, zebra & tightrope made me think it would be circus-y, along the lines of Water for Elephants. It was not. Instead the cover illustrates the lives of our characters, thrown together in various occurrences of upheaval. Every time the story is settling it changes. Nothing comes easy for anyone in the book. There‘s no happy ending. There‘s an ending, with a hint of happiness, that was well fought for.

rather_be_reading interesting 9mo
AnansiGirl Interesting cover design. My impression before reading your caption was that it was a circus story too. 9mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎈 9mo
xxjenadanxx @Eggs thank you! I‘m having fun here! 9mo
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megnews
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A trip across 1940s America sounded like a tbr to me back in 2015 and still does. I want to get to this soon!

#LuckyYou #LiteraryLuck

gradcat I love that cover! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! 9mo
vkois88 That does sound good! 9mo
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Elizabeth2
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Mehso-so

This book had an interesting premise, and started out strong, but it fell flat for me. What had such promise, turned bland. There were parts that were so detailed they became boring, and others that were rushed when I wanted more detail. The pace of the book was off for me. Too bad, because it had such potential. ⭐️⭐️ out of 5.

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Elizabeth2
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Picking this one up next. Loaned to me from a friend. Picking it up because it‘s a short 240 pages, and my next Book Club book is almost 900. Hoping to get one more read in before I start that one. 😉 (I am a book monogamist.) 📚🙂

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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

This book was a lovely and engaging read. It's about dysfunctional family, chosen family, survival, reinvention and love.

Blaire I have several Amy Bloom books on my tbr but have never actually made it down the list to them. This looks like a good one to try. 1y
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Bibliogeekery
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Poolside reading in Quebec City - last stop on our road trip!

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Bibliogeekery
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Reading this one now!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Have had this in my stack - looking forward to hearing what you think of it! 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

This story about sisters during wartime in America is a tribute to growing up and learning who you are. The girls go through many hardships and find solace in the people that help them move along. They learn to become independent and live their lives through the book. I felt like it lacked any real tension or rise in the plot which is why this was just so-so for me.

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CarolynM
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How are her books? I want to read ? 2y
Cinfhen I liked this one @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s a little dark...and White Houses was ok...it might still be available as a free read on NetGalley...that‘s how I read it 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I need to figure out the Netgally hookup!!! ☺️☺️ 2y
CarolynM @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I liked this one and White Houses but I absolutely loved Away and her short story collection Where the God of Love Hangs Out 2y
vkois88 I don't think I've read any of hers either. I'll have to look into them. And Net Galley. So many people on here talk about it, but I have no clue what it is! 2y
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Cinfhen
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#MayBookFlowers First three books that made me think #Hollywood 🎬

Mdargusch I think I need to read Valley of the dolls again. Love the photo. 3y
Cinfhen Such a fun and campy read @Mdargusch 💊💊💊💊💊 3y
batsy Omg, Jackie Collins! Ridiculous, over the top fun. 3y
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Ms_T Hollywood Wives! That's a blast from the past 😀 3y
Cinfhen She was my go to author back in the day @Ms_T @batsy 💘😃 3y
Reviewsbylola Love VotD! 3y
LauraBeth I was THIS CLOSE to checking out VoftD the other day 😀 3y
merelybookish Lucky Us came to mind for this prompt. I remember the starlet but not much else. 3y
DebinHawaii Hah! You did pick Hollywood Wives too! 😆 I went through a big trashy novel & mini-series phase in the 80s and it was a (bit of a cringe-worthy favorite along with Scruples!) 😚 3y
DebinHawaii And some time I will get around to reading VOTD. I have seen the movie & remade TV movie but never quite made it with the book. 👍📚💊 3y
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MamaGina
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I may have gone slightly overboard at the Library 😬

Redwritinghood Looks normal to me. I may not be the best judge however. 3y
jessberk13 You have some good ones in there! 3y
JennaRoot That's awesome!!! 3y
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LitHousewife
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While picking up the last few things for #cupidgoespostal, I passed the $1 book section... I couldn't resist, since all of these books have been on my TBR. #score

saresmoore Nice! 3y
BethFishReads Curious what you'll think of Lucky Us 3y
DebinHawaii Nice haul! 📚❤️ 3y
Dogearedcopy I'm interested to see what you think of 'Summer House with Swimming Pool'! #unlikableprotag 3y
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ahuestis
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"My father had been a beaker of etiquette and big ideas, Iris was a vase of glamour, and I was the little brown jug of worry."

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Donnasmiles
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Just started this one in the car pick up line...
I'm enjoying so far. Sometimes the narration is irritating but this one is great!

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ForestAvenuePress
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Amy Bloom is amazing; so is this stunning cover that's my #FunFridayPhoto because it features two animals. On a tightrope.

Liberty Great pick!!!! My favorite book of 2013. ❤️ 3y
Zelma I think that is such an understated and yet gorgeous cover. 😍 3y
ForestAvenuePress I loved it too, @Liberty! 3y
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tracyramone
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Pickpick

Once upon a time I used to sit in coffee shops in Philly and read. I miss that sometimes.

MrBook Nice pic! 3y
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JenFischS
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Happy Sunday! I hope you all have a wonderful day with lots of time to READ! 😊

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KT_Scarlett
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Pickpick

A great story with a wide cast of characters. I really enjoyed this one.