Novelist Amy Bloom On Finding The Way Through Chaos

Aug 11, 2014

Credit Amy Bloom's novel "Lucky Us."

Ross Reynolds interviews novelist Amy Bloom about her new book "Lucky Us." It's about two half-sisters, one a starlet, the other a sidekick, finding their way in the chaos of the years around World War II.

Bloom says the inspiration for the book was the character of Gus, an German-American man who is unjustly accused of working for the Nazis. Gus finds himself sent to an internment camp in North Dakota and then deported to Germany, a country he never lived in. Yet he maintains an amazing equilibrium.

He's proof of Bloom's line, "Some people can survive getting hit by a bus, others can not survive a bee sting."