LUCKY US, by Amy Bloom

1938. "My father's wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us." With typical Amy Bloom unsparing precision and unpredictability, Eva Logan tells us her life story, a melange of pleasure and pain, of surprise and inevitability, of love and disappointment, and always with stunning prose where every word is exactly what and where it ought to be. Eva has a half-sister Iris, beautiful and cynical and talented; she wants to go on the stage. Eva's father is the quintessential gentleman: he's so polite, so charming, nobody ever argues with him, even when he's being a complete shit, which is pretty much all the time. When all else fails, he can play a butler. All else does fail, and he does play a butler. This is a 5, a marvelous story sure to charm, horrify and outrage you. And, of course, it is very funny.
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