LJC: Harold Bloom. I have to ask. You mention your “dear cousin” in the acknowledgements for Lucky Us. I’d love to hear about even one of your conversations.
The farther away Gus is driven, the more active a narrator he becomes. Lucky Us is told through epistolary exchanges and close third-person accounts that present each character’s distinct voice in turn. For their differences, they are equally compelling—and they may be seen as sharing one important trait. As Clara acknowledges to Eva, “some people bounced back from a train wreck and some people couldn’t get over a bee sting,” Bloom writes. The Actons and company are nothing if not resilient.
I thought I had neverseen any women more beautiful than Mary, her generous buttocks scarletunder my paddle and heavy breasts bouncing with her exertions, and sweetlittle Amy, outstretched body like a tiny rosebud about to bloom,shuddering and writhing, her miniature bottom blazing red and her thighsand calves streaked with red and white lash marks.
“Not all luck is good luck,” says Amy Bloom, author of the New York Times best-seller Away. Readers anticipating blue skies based on her latest title, Lucky Us, should consider it a caveat instead.
Amy Bloom: Well, I really was interested in these people’s stories. At that time, was the editor of The New Yorker, and she was like isn’t there a nonfiction piece you’d like to do for us? That led to the series. . .
A family that believes strongly in the American dream can be found in Amy Tan’s short story, “Two Kinds.” The story centers around the daughter of a Chinese immigrant who desperately wants her daughter to become successful.
Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Cross-Dressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites With Attitude. By Amy Bloom.
Random House, New York, 2002, 140 pp., $23.95.
Writer and psychotherapist Amy Bloom is best known for her short stories, which display her gifts for detailed observation and psychological insight. is Blooms first book of nonfiction. It contains three essays examining the lives of persons who are usually regarded as anything but normal: female-to-male (FtM) transsexuals, heterosexual crossdressers, and intersexed persons. The essays are bracketed by a preface and an afterword that criticize conventional concepts of normality and suggest that understanding these unusual individuals can inform and expand our ideas about what is genuinely normal.