Where the God of Love Hangs Out

By: Amy Bloom
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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In this sensuous, funny, and heartbreaking new book, Amy Bloom explores the unexpected patterns that all forms of love and loss weave into our lives. With her dazzling prose, strong voice, and unmistakable and generous wit, this award-winning author takes us to the margins and centers of real people's lives, introducing us to some of her most unforgettable characters yet.

A young woman struggles to come to terms with her roommate's murder; a man and his daughter-in-law confess their sins in the most unlikely of places. In one set of interlocking stories, two middle-aged friends, married to others, find themselves surprisingly, comically drawn to one another, risking all for all and never underestimating the costs. In another, we follow a mother and son for thirty years as their small and uncertain family becomes an irresistible tribe.

©2010 Amy Bloom (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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    4 out of 5 stars

It's Not Where You Think

Ultimately, the title captures the book's essence, but I would add a subtitle: It is Not Where You Think! The common theme of this Bloom collection could be described as the unusual places we find home, peace and family, often against the odds and the expectations of others . The stories of the odd duck professors falling in love (revealed in first seven minutes of book, no spoiler here) softened my heart despite their quirks which would drive me mad if they lived in my house. Bloom's development of the Julia / Lionel Sampson extended family (despite an event that could have shattered it) is a masterful treatment of decades of family emotion and lovely in its own strange way. Admittedly, the book was not all smooth listening. Near the middle, I had to take a 5 day break. There are long periods of details of everyday life which seemingly do not contribute to story or character development, but then - BAM! - Bloom surprises the reader with the plot punch line. The narration was excellent.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Great, but...

While I was listening to the first chapter of this book, I thought that I'm not going to like it, but for some reason, I couldn't stop listening.
I found the chain of events, and the book is chuncked into short but interconnected stories really interesting and I think that's why I couldn't drop it.

Recommended.

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I found this book to be jerky

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I might. I think it was just not my kind of book

What could Amy Bloom have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'm not sure

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

I thought it was quite good

Could you see Where the God of Love Hangs Out being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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I really wanted to like this book

I had just finished The Help and was looking for something that would be really terrific. This had received good reviews in the LA Times and People Magazine. I really wanted to like this book. But I don't think that I did. It was confusing. There were no pauses between stories or chapters and I found myself very lost in where I was in the book. I thought the book was a collections of short stories that shared similar characters so I kept looking for the characters from the first part in the last part. This book had my unrealized expectations that it would be GREAT. I tried to like it. I really tried. But it's not a book I would recommend to friends.

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great reads

Rich and raw makes for startlingly real characters and stories. Amy Bloom has a gift for getting into the skin of so many kinds of people.

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Quite Dreadful

Pretentious, self-absorbed, unrealistic, but no point in going on. They sucked me in, but don't waste your money on it.

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