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Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom
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Jul 27, 2008

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I picked this up in a used bookstore a couple of weeks ago because I loved the title (I believe the title: love *does* invent us), and I have read great short stories by Bloom. On reading the 1st page, I realized that I had read this novel before, a few years ago (a library copy? or have I bought it a second time?). I reread it, over about a 24 hr period. Partly procrastinating (who wants to pack for a move, after all, or put together their reappointment dossier?!), but partly because its a very fast read. Lovely prose. Not sure I find the main characters believable, and the kind of love that "invents" them turns out to be more sexual (with the exception of the young Jewish upper-middle class protagonist's relationship with an old blind poor black lady) than is really the case for me or most people, I would venture, but the novel is a pleasure, and it has some things absolutely right.
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