Author(s): Amy Bloom
When Eva's mother abandons her on Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common - except, they soon discover, a father. Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Iris and Eva become one another's family.
Iris wants to be a movie star; Eva is her sidekick. Together, they journey across 1940s America from scandal in Hollywood to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island, stumbling, cheating and loving their way through a landscape of war, betrayals and big dreams.
A thrilling and resonant novel from the author of Away, about loyalty, ambition, and the pleasures and perils of family, set in 1940s America
Lucky Us is an utterly brilliant book. From the moment Eva is abandoned by her mother at her father’s after the death of his wife, the relationship with her sister is a tumultuous but interdependent one. As the story follows the lives of the sisters and their relationships with others you get a strong sense of the times in which the novel is set: 1930s and 40s America. Numerous issues and events are written about in a succinct but clear way, leaving a lasting mark on the reader’s mind. This book achieved what the best fiction manages to do: with words it paints vivid images that epitomise the events, culture and beliefs of the time in which it is set. - Sarah
I loved this book. What was it that compelled me to lose myself in this story? I found myself quietly drawn into the world of the two sisters, starlet Iris and sidekick Eva, pushed together by circumstance - same father, different mothers. They are both abandoned by their parents and left to their own devices. It's 1940s America and there are opportunities for pretty girls in the film industry. At first things go swimmingly well, but it's not long until the fickle nature of life deceives them. The beauty of Bloom's writing is her ability to have destructive and quite daunting things happen without melodrama - the reader is beguiled into a false sense of security. Caught up with the lives of Iris and Eva as they quietly unfold, it’s only when the eyes rest from the page that we are suddenly aware of the traumas happening in front of us, much like the characters who cope and survive and have moments of wonder in what are really hard and complicated lives. It is a series of defeat, rescue, joy, consolation, failure and braveness. Lucky Us is wonderfully human. - Stella
AMY BLOOM is the author of three collections of stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out (published by Granta Books), Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and two novels: Away,(published by Granta Books) and Love Invents Us. She is the University Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University.