Amy Bloom

New York Times Bestselling Author
National Magazine Award Winner
National Book Award Finalist
Nat'l Book Critic Circle Award Finalist

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Lecture Topics
  • White Houses: The Love of Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Lucky Us: The Writers’ Life
  • A Good & Happy Life —and Why It’s Hard to Live One
  • The Ethical Life: Good People & Bad Behavior
  • Fiction Master Class
  • An Evening with Amy Bloom

Biography

“If America has a Victor Hugo, it is Amy Bloom, whose picaresque novels roam the world, plumb the human heart and send characters into wild roulettes of kismet and calamity.” —The Washington Post

“To read Bloom is to fall in love—with the magic that language can make.” —More

“To read Bloom’s fiction is to experience afresh how life is ruled by chance and composed of spare parts that are purposed and repur­posed in uncanny ways—it’s a ­festival of joy and terror and lust and amazement….”Elle

New York Times bestselling author Amy Bloom is hailed “a national treasure” by Michael Cunningham and “one of America’s unique and most gifted literary voices” by Colum McCann. She is the author of four novels, three story collections, a nonfiction book and a children’s book.

White Houses (2018) is a triumphant historical novel that tells of the unexpected and forbidden affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok in the White House, where Hick’s status as “first friend” is an open secret. About White Houses, the Financial Times reflects: Breathtakingly intimate and with the grandest of historical sweeps. If White Houses isn’t an example of the great American novel then frankly, I don’t know what is. Lucky Us (2014), a deeply moving, fantastically funny novel of love, heartbreak, and luck, was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and was chosen by Oprah as one of her top 10 books of 2014. The New York Times bestseller Away was praised by Entertainment Weekly for the way it “encapsulates all the cultural richness that newcomers contributed to this nation of immigrants in the early part of the 20th century.” Love Invents Us, Bloom’s first novel, is an unsettling tale of desire in which she shows us how profoundly the forces of love shape our lives.

Bloom’s short fiction includes Where the God Of Love Hangs Out, a New York Times bestseller; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her first nonfiction book Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, is a staple of university sociology and biology courses. Bloom is the author of a children’s book, Little Sweet Potato, about appreciating one’s self and finding a community that takes all kinds.

A National Magazine Award winner, Bloom has demonstrated her versatility and wit in the essays she has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and Salon, on subjects as diverse as cooking lasagna, marrying at 50, and a history of portrait-painting. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages.

A lively, funny, provocative speaker who engages young and old, both sides of the aisle and both sexes, Amy’s talks on The Ethical Life, Good People and Bad Behavior, A Good and Happy Life and Why It’s Hard to Live One are favorites. During the all-too-brief popular weekly podcast of The Ethicists at the New York Times, Amy Bloom’s common sense, understanding, and humor was listened to and enjoyed by thousands.

A practicing psychotherapist for twenty years (after being a waitress, a bartender, an actor, and a peanut-picker), Bloom has an acute understanding of human nature and an ear especially attuned to the inner and outer voices of her characters. “I spent my professional life exploring the gap between what people said and how they said it, the chasm between what they felt and what they said they felt,” she has said.

She is the Distinguished University Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan University.

Short Bio

Amy Bloom is the author of four novels: White Houses, Lucky Us, Away, and Love Invents Us; and three collections of short stories: Where the God Of Love Hangs Out, Come to Me, and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You. Her first book of nonfiction, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, is a staple of university sociology and biology courses. She has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate, and Salon, and her work has been translated into fifteen languages. She is the Distinguished University Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan University.

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