Between Here and Here (short story)

Between Here and Here (short story)

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by Amy Bloom
     
 

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A unique offer for fans of Amy Bloom, bestselling author of Away...sample just one piece from her stunning new collection of interconnected short stories. Available at this special price for a limited time only.

Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom’s astonishing and astute new

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A unique offer for fans of Amy Bloom, bestselling author of Away...sample just one piece from her stunning new collection of interconnected short stories. Available at this special price for a limited time only.

Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom’s astonishing and astute new work. Insightful, sensuous, and heartbreakingly funny, Where the God of Love Hangs Out illuminates the mysteries of love, family, and friendship.

In the haunting story Between Here and Here, a daughter reluctantly steps in to take care of the infirm father she hated for so many years. As a tribute to her late mother, and to show that she is a better person than her father, she gives everything she has to this terrible old man and revises history.
 
Between Here and Here and the eleven other stories that comprise Where the God of Love Hangs Out showcase stories of passion and disappointment, life and death, that beautifully capture deep human truths.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679604082
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
340,905
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Away; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta, and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Bloom teaches creative writing at Yale University.
 

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Where the God of Love Hangs Out 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Isabella80 More than 1 year ago
This is the first Amy Bloom book I have read. Her character development is wonderful. This is offbeat, I think, by anone's standards. However, the love she writes about, although unconventional, is deeply touching. You end up forgiving these people for the most unforgivable things! What a huge talent the woman has. She writes for people who don't want tidy characters with tidy endings. Love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She says more in 21 pages than most books say in 200!
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yeldabmoers More than 1 year ago
Amy Bloom is a gifted storyteller, a master of her craft, and a writer of what I call approachable and readable short stories. Her prose is refreshing because it's not as experimental or edgy as many other contemporary short story writers. Her previous collection Come to Me ranks as one of the best I've ever read. Her writing is lush, evocative and melodic, like a novel that has been condensed, with enticing and unforgettable characters. Her stories are soulful, brim with color and affection, toasty, like sitting fireside with a close friend who breaks all the rules, affairs, unorthodox family and sexual relationships, behavior on the fringe, but who is still very human. Bloom's latest collection, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, is well written, tight, her craft is evident, but the stories lack the magic, luster and brilliance of her previous collections. They're not as raw or revelatory, the voice is not as immediate; the characters don't stay with you long after you've turned the page. The two best stories I found in the collection are Your Borders, Your Rivers, Your Tiny Villages about middle-aged friends who become lovers and then marry to dire consequences, and Sleepwalking about a mother who becomes intimate with her stepson, and the familial dynamic that ensues. The first four stories are linked stories about the previously mentioned couple William and Clare, and Sleepwalking is accompanied by three other linked stories, following the mother Julia and her stepson Lionel throughout the years Bloom's new story collection was highly praised and reviewed by critics, but for me, a far cry from her signature style.
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KrisPA More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up just because I liked the title and I'm so glad I did. What a wonderfully written collection of stories. I love the characters because they are fully formed real people with flaws and perfections who experience humor and anger. There is a sense of sadness about the stories, but that in no way takes away from my experience. I've re-read some of the stories and I like them more the second time around. I will definitely read more by this author. I highly recommend this book if you like character-driven stories, stories that explore lives and relationships, and excellent, wonderfully expressive writing. Beautiful book.
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