Amy Bloom is the author of two novels, two collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her latest novel, Away, is an epic story about a Russian immigrant. She lives in Connecticut and teaches at Yale University.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug–Mark Twain
This workshop was about getting it right: the word, the phrase and the sentence. It was about the art and craft involved in each word and image chosen and the relentless care and occasional leap that getting it right requires.
In Search of Happiness
Panoramic in scope, Away is the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, a dangerous innocent and an accidental heroine. When her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land. When word comes that her daughter, Sophie, might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an odyssey that takes her from the world of the Yiddish theater on New York’s Lower East Side, to Seattle’s Jazz District, and up to Alaska, along the fabled ...
The Human Condition
We were delighted to launch two great works of fiction: Amy Bloom’s Where the God of Love Hangs Out and So Much for That, by the author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver.
The two American authors discussed love in and outside marriage, families tested by illness, unconventional relations, social constraints and the universal yearning for happiness; themes they treat with their usual intelligence and insightfulness