• In Love

  • A Memoir of Love and Loss
  • By: Amy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Amy Bloom
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (554 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful memoir of a love that leads two people to find a courageous way to part—and a woman’s struggle to go forward in the face of loss—that “enriches the reader’s life with urgency and gratitude” (The Washington Post)

“A pleasure to read . . . Rarely has a memoir about death been so full of life. . . . Bloom has a talent for mixing the prosaic and profound, the slapstick and the serious.”—USA Today 

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Oprah Daily, BookPage

Amy Bloom began to notice changes in her husband, Brian: He retired early from a new job he loved; he withdrew from close friendships; he talked mostly about the past. Suddenly, it seemed there was a glass wall between them, and their long walks and talks stopped. Their world was altered forever when an MRI confirmed what they could no longer ignore: Brian had Alzheimer’s disease.

Forced to confront the truth of the diagnosis and its impact on the future he had envisioned, Brian was determined to die on his feet, not live on his knees. Supporting each other in their last journey together, Brian and Amy made the unimaginably difficult and painful decision to go to Dignitas, an organization based in Switzerland that empowers a person to end their own life with dignity and peace.

In this heartbreaking and surprising memoir, Bloom sheds light on a part of life we so often shy away from discussing—its ending. Written in Bloom’s captivating, insightful voice and with her trademark wit and candor, In Love is an unforgettable portrait of a beautiful marriage, and a boundary-defying love.

©2022 Amy Bloom (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bloom has a talent for mixing the prosaic and profound, the slapstick and the serious, which makes the book, despite its depressing subject matter, a pleasure to read. Rarely has a memoir about death been so full of life.”USA Today

“As with all great books about dying, In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss does not terrorize with grim statistics and forewarnings but rather destigmatizes euthanasia and enriches the reader’s life with urgency and gratitude. It renews those joys of being ‘In Love’ with the people around us—despite the numbing effects of routine and familiarity which so often cause happiness to lapse in middle age.”The Washington Post 

“I’m not sure why I hadn’t until now read Bloom’s fiction. . . . Not reading her: my loss. Bloom has one of those warm, wised-up, tolerantly misanthropic New York voices, in the manner of Laurie Colwin and Sloane Crosley and Allegra Goodman and Nora Ephron, and an ability to deepen her tone at will.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times 

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A helpful,healing memoir

Having just experienced my brother-in-law’s death with dignity after living with Alzheimer’s for about 3 yrs, this beautiful (not sure that is the right word)memoir expresses eloquently what my sister and husband also went through. Both my sister and I felt it helpful and healing to read Amy’s similar feelings and experiences. Thank you Amy

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Immensely inspiring and moving

Thank you Amy Bloom for sharing your journey of love and loss. I commend you and Brian for choosing to openly share Brian’s choices, along with your ability to support him in his decision to eliminate the long goodbye. I appreciate you being able to clearly communicate the challenges you and Brian both went through during this time together. I’m 100% certain, Brian is very proud that you were able to share his story with the world.

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Funny Accurate Torturous Beautiful

The story is a familiar one to a point, but now an intimate one in the way Amy describes her experience in slowly losing her life partner, and all the nuances along the way.
The final scenes in Zurich were so hard to experience with her,
I didn't know her before. I'm not usually a fiction reader, but I'm going to seek her out now.
I loved this book.

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Love and Death, beautifully written

I lost my husband 6 months ago, but in very different circumstances. It does not matter because Amy writes of the love, the doubts, the guilt, and long grieved acceptance. Her words help me with my grief. I am grateful she wrote this beautiful book.

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The Ultimate Marriage with Unconditional Love

I’m really at a loss for words. Knowing the dread and misery that lies ahead- what would you do? Amy Bloom and her husband Brian must make the choice that is appropriate for them. No one could be judgmental.

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Beautiful and a tragedy

Incredibly well written and poignant and relatable.
I only wish the Google searches by those who share this tragedy would find the hope beyond blueberries— please seek out the books of Dr. Bredesen. There is still hope for others with Alzheimer’s.

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moving

thank you so much for sharing your experience so sorry for your loss may his memory live on

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So intimate

No words in the English language will do. This took my breath away and am so grateful to the author for sharing her heart, soul and experience, and for her beautiful reading.

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Book Club must!

Beautifully articulate account of a passing and inspiration for the living.
Amy Bloom is so brave for sharing this love story.
The narration was EXCELLENT!

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Perfect

I rarely choose to listen to a title outside of my historical non-fiction/art history comfort zone, but was drawn to this title after seeing it on some sort of Audible list. On a whim it was downloaded and though I expected to ignore it until it finally disappeared during a library purge, I started to listen. And I couldn’t stop. This is perhaps one of the most beautifully written accounts of love and loss,and hearing the author narrate in her own voice made it a truly remarkable experience. Despite having experienced the loss of my partner, parents, and other loved one, I never felt as if a wound was being being poked; Ms. Bloom’s unique ability to write so personal a narrative about such a delicate topic is, in my opinion, a gift to anyone, whether or not they are living with grief.

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