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Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Lucky Us (2014)

by Amy Bloom

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  ZaraD.Garcia-Alvarez | Jun 6, 2017 |
Don't get comfortable. That's all. ( )
  emma_mc | Apr 7, 2017 |
I had to force myself to finish it. The reviews sounded great. No matter how many topics she threw in (abandoned children, WWII, kidnapping, tarot, and on and on) to try to make this book seem interesting, it bombed. The plot never was developed and I never felt invested in any of the characters. Save your time. ( )
  skyeval | Aug 15, 2016 |
The story of 2 half sisters. And their dad, their moms, their faux dad the gay makeup artist, his sisters, Reenie the cook and her husband Gus (and his aliases), the Torellis, Danny, and their dad's jazz singer "friend", and her future husband, and Danny's best friend Ruthie.

I did not enjoy this book as much as Away or Where the God of Love Hangs Out. The many stories in here just got a little too far-fetched for me. A light-skinned black jazz singer hooking up with old English professor dad--who is actually a reformed Jewish gangster who knew her and her brother back in Chicago? A German married to an Italian is reported to be a spy, and sent to a camp, where he assumes another man's identity and family, and is repatriated to Germany (where he has never been, and he does not speak German), survives the bombing in Pfortzheim, assumes a Jewish identity, and it gets crazier.

As usual though, Bloom does a great job at giving her characters lives before and after the story itself takes place. But what happens to Ruthie? ( )
  Dreesie | Apr 12, 2016 |
I think I'll stick with my first assessment: Fascinatingly Weird. Or the Strange Plot Twist Road to the Rainbow at the End of the Road to Perdition.

Everytime you think you have the story figured out, you get slammed with a Plot Twist from out of nowhere. Any less of a writer couldn't have dished it up and served it so well. Who won't like it? Practical readers without fortitude or patience, or maybe just with much bettet sense than me, or maybe with less of a sense of humor. I'm not even really sure why I liked it, other than that I love the ability to look (through great writing) at a wide variant of American life in the forties. I love how the tone is so light and matter of fact despite all the heavy subjects. And I truly deeply wanted things to work out for little Evie in the end. She is special and steadfast in her own way, so the only comparison I have is that she gives us a look at life and love and death in the 40s via a sort of Forrestina Gump voice who does Strange Childhood, Peas and Carrots Half Sister, Hollywood, and Jersey, with Jazz, Jewish, and Germanic undertones.

Warning: Probably not for the Super Southern Conservative? But hey, if you read Fifty Shades- and based on sales numbers I think everyone in the world did- then I don't really see the difference. Just take it with a grain of salt. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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Teenage half sisters Eva and Iris are 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 the sisters 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.… (more)

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