Lucky Us - Amy Bloom
2014, 256 pages
Disappointed by their families, two half-sisters travel through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris, aged 16, wants to become a film star, and her ambitions take them from Ohio to Hollywood and the jazz clubs of Long Island, looking for a place they can call home. They make friends in high and low places and meet memorable people in a series of surprising events. Eva, who is 4 years younger than Iris, is the principal narrator, but other characters also have their say, sometimes in the form of letters. Each chapter is given the title of a jazz song “as the author’s gift to the reader”.
In ‘Lucky Us’, Amy Bloom proves her ability to surprise, with unexpected twists and very creative ways of developing the plot. This is a vibrant book about all kinds of people creating all kinds of serial, improvisatory lives.