A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You by Amy Bloom

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Amy Bloom was nominated for a National Book Award for her first collection, Come to Me, and her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, Antaeus, and other magazines, and in The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. In her new collection, she enhances her reputation as a true artist of the form.

Here are characters confronted with tragedy, perplexed by emotions, and challenged to endure whatever modern life may have in store. A loving mother accompanies her daughter in her journey to become a man, and discovers a new, hopeful love. A stepmother and stepson meet again after fifteen years and a devastating mistake, and rediscover their familial affection for each other. And in "The Story," a widow bent on seducing another woman's husband constructs and deconstructs her story until she has "made the best and happiest ending" possible "in this world."

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About Amy Bloom

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AMY BLOOM is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, one a nominee for the National Book Award and the other a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Slate, and Salon, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her first book of nonfiction, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude, is an exploration of the varieties of gender. A practicing psychotherapist, she lives in Connecticut and teaches at Yale University. Multiple Audie® Award winner Barbara Rosenblat has been named a "Voice of the Twentieth Century" by AudioFile magazine. The New York Times writes,"Watch Ms. Rosenblat work...and you get the sense that even an Oscar winner might not be able to pull this off." She created the role of "Mrs. Medlock" in the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical The Secret Garden.
Published July 8, 2009 by Vintage. 174 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A second collection of eight gritty, wisecracking, rudely contemporary urban stories from the Connecticut psychotherapist and highly praised author (Come to Me, 1993; Love Invents Us, 1997).

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Some of the power of her fiction (Love Invents Us, etc.) comes from Bloom's mastery of the writing craft; more arises from the empathy for human frailty exhibited by this author, who also works as a p

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The man tells her, “I told you when we met, baby, I already have a wife.” Though I don’t believe Bloom is making a case, or commenting on our social mores, her stories often make a good case for extraneous relationships, and her characters are filled, for a moment, for a lifetime, after giving in...

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Book Reporter

Bloom's uncanny ability to delve under the skins of the seemingly pale-hearted average citizen who lives in a world mad for prefabricated specialness is particularly rewarding to the reader --- each of these characters is very special if only because they are individuals, not hipster icons masque...

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Entertainment Weekly

While there's no actual evidence that Amy Bloom, a practicing psychotherapist, draws fodder from her patients' lives, the eight witty, whip-smart, and deeply moving tales in A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You do explore situations that might lead a person to the couch.

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The rest of the stories are filled with plots of similar enormity and import--a loving mother who pays for her college-aged daughter's sex change, a literature professor dealing with a stillbirth--but Bloom hasn't done the work to make the characters real to herself and the reader.

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