2009: 99. A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You

“Jane Spencer collects pictures of slim young men”

~ Opening line of the title story

A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, Amy Bloom

This is a collection of short stories, most featuring relationships at an unusual moment (a mother dealing with her daughter’s sex change operation, a man learning to understand his wife’s breast cancer through her best friend’s scarred breast, a couple dealing with the death of their newborn).  Somehow Bloom manages to make her stories less the typical New Yorker “banal moment of revelation illuminates a life” but rather captures the illumination these heightened emotional moments can throw on all of her lives.  I am not the world’s best reader of short stories (I don’t even know where I got this book!), but these caught me off guard, and really hit me where I lived (particularly the one about the baby - I’m not made of stone, people).  I felt the emotions of these people and I loved them and their stories.  

Date/Place Completed:  August 2009; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction; Commuting Book

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