Amy Bloom: Biography

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom is the critically-acclaimed author of three novels (Love Invents Us [1997], Away [2007], and Lucky Us [2014]), short stories that have been published in both the O Henry Prize Story and Best American Short Stories collections, numerous articles, one children’s book (Little Sweet Potato [2012]) and is both the creator and head writer for one television series (State of Mind, Lifetime Television [2007], which examines the professional lives of psychotherapists). Her novel, Lucky Us, was a New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.

As an undergraduate, Amy Bloom received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater/Political Science (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Wesleyan University. With a master’s degree in social work from Smith College, she worked primarily as a psychotherapist until the age of forty, when her first book, a collection of fictional stories, Come to Me (1993) was published. Come to Me became a runner-up for the National Book Award.

Amy Bloom continues to both write and practice psychotherapy, and teaches Creative Writing at Yale University. She primarily writes in the genres of fiction, short stories, and gay and lesbian literature. She was married and later divorced. She married Brian Ameche in 2007, and the couple lives in Connecticut. One of her most famous quotes is regarding body image, and is reflective of both of the career paths that she has chosen, “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”