Friday, September 19, 2014

Lucky Us, by Amy Bloom

I like books to have a point, and I'm not sure that this one does.  Eva's father has two families, and when his wife dies, Eva's mother tries to take advantage of her death to gain some legitimacy for herself and Eva. Failing that, she abandons Eva on her father's doorstep.  Eva and her beautiful stepsister Iris stick it out more or less companionably with their father until his thievery precipitates their departure for Hollywood.  Despite some early success, Iris is blackballed, and the pair, with the prodigal father and a fairy godfather make-up artist, head back east where a new sort of family is crafted, and recrafted, and recrafted.  The writing is good, and the meandering story is engaging.

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