A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
By Amy Bloom
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375705571, 174pp.)
Publication Date: July 31, 2001
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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."
Amy Bloom is the author of Come to Me, a collection of stories, and Love Invents Us, a novel. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Antaeus, Story, Mirabella, Self, Vogue, and Talk, among other publications, and in many anthologies here and abroad, including The Best American Short Stories; Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards; The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women; and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. Also a practicing psychotherapist, she lives in Connecticut.
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“Exotic intimacies color [these] sharply wrought stories…. Ms. Bloom writes warmly and astutely, with arresting precision.”–The New York Times
“With consummate skill and good grace, Bloom shows how people are capable of almost anything, and why.”–San Francisco Chronicle
“Beautiful.... Bloom is a deft observer and penetrating chronicler of life’s dramas.”–The Miami Herald