By Amy Bloom
Welcome to the Wednesday Weekly once again!! Today something new. This book was released on July 29th of 2014. It has such an interesting cover. It is from Random House Publishers. I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. An unusual cover for an unusual book!!
“My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.”
So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called “a literary triumph” by The New York Times. Brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny, Lucky Us introduces us to Eva and Iris. 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 them 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.
With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species (excerpt from Netgalley).
Well, what are my thoughts on this one? I have not read any of the other Amy Bloom books, so I can’t compare it to her others. I thought that the first line of the story was great. It was a real hook. I don’t feel that this one quite held up to my expectations. I thought that it was okay, just okay.
In this one we have a diverse cast of unusual characters. They seem to be an unlikely group that is thrown together and function as a family unit. It’s possible that this could have happened, but not probable. It didn’t work for me. This down on your luck group manages to stay just this side of the law several times. They steal a boy from an orphanage and call him their own. Eva has Francisco fake college transcripts so she can get into medical school. Maybe these things did occur back in the day, I don’t know.
Warning this next statement gives the end of the book away, so you might want to skip it. Gus who the girls turn into the authorities as a spy in the end winds up with Eva in a romantic relationship. Hello!! I guess she doesn’t want to tell him how they got him out of the picture so that Iris could have his wife as a paramour. These girls ruined his life messing around!!!
I think that this was all a little too unbelievable for me. I didn’t really feel a connection with any of the characters either. The historical elements in the book were interesting though. I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.