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Novelist Amy Bloom On Finding The Way Through Chaos

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."