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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Loose Diamonds, by Amy Ephron

Loose Diamonds . . . and other things I’ve lost (and found) along the way, by Amy Ephron, is a collection of charming, read-in-one-sitting stories. Ephron’s use of the allegory of “loose diamonds” is intriguing, and leads the reader to involuntarily wonder who or what the “loose diamond” is in each story. Some seem obvious, but the possibility of multiple meanings and interpretations, along with the short chapters, makes this a good book club read.

Not everyone may be able to relate to Ephron’s stories. She is a professional writer who spent at least part of her life in California. She experiences a divorce and a burglary, and in the course of her work and life, meets some interesting characters. For example, she writes about meeting Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme before Fromme’s “bizarre assassination attempt” on then-President Gerald Ford, and about befriending Honey Hathaway, a southern transplant who orders champagne by the case and lives alone in a Los Angeles mansion owned by her married (and out of town) boyfriend. For some, it’s easy to see how these characters have fallen out of their settings, so to speak, like loose diamonds.

In other stories, Ephron is candid and open about her marital history, relationships with her ex-husband, friends, and her ex-husband’s new girlfriends. She describes shopping for shoes, admitting, “I was a little dizzy. The store was a little glitzy, over the top, and had a name like Footlose and Fancy Free, and every shoe, Manolo, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin was displayed on its own cakelike shelf in a glass display case, mirrored in the back, so the shoe reflected on itself as if it had been made for dancing.”

Amy Ephron’s writing is witty and intelligent. Loose Diamonds was published in 2011 by William Morrow.  It will be released September 6, and is available now for pre-order. 

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