Loose Diamonds

Loose Diamonds is a collection of personal essays by the novelist, journalist, screenwriter Amy Ephron. Some of these essays have been previously published. I had not read any of them, so they were all new to me.

As the youngest child of Hollywood screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron, Amy had a privileged childhood. And yet, the private schools and all the opportunities afforded her by her successful parents and siblings have not prevented her from making errors in judgment that profoundly affected her life, and the lives of others.

In these essays, Ephron is candid about her failings, but not so much her successes. She downplays the famous family. She drops the names of famous friends. She seems critical of her mother, while her father is barely mentioned. Surely these successful parents had some influence on Ephron’s own successful career.

These vignettes from Amy Ephron’s life span decades, but she doesn’t evidence any remarkable personal growth over time. Loose Diamonds is glib and easy to read, and there is little of substance.

Thanks once again to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for sending this to me.


Published in hardcover-William Morrow-2011

Loose Diamonds: …and other things I’ve lost (and found) along the way


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