Reader Response "Hold Tight" Amy Bloom

Topics: National Book Critics Circle Award, Fiction, The New Yorker Pages: 8 (332 words) Published: July 7, 2015
Miriany Lalchand

Reader’s Response

Hold Tight
Amy Bloom

Content


Author



Text (glossary)



Summary



Literary Devices



My Response



References

About the Author


Amy Bloom (1953)



American writer and psychotherapist



Written two novels & three collections of
short stories



Nominee for the National Book Award &
the National Book Critics Circle Award



Creator, co-executive producer & head
writer for TV series “State of Mind”



Written for The New Yorker, Atlantic
Monthly, The New York Times Magazine



Won the National Magazine Award

Text


Hold Tight (2000) pp. 650-654



Short story excerpted from the novel “A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You”



Glossary


bourbon - a type of American whiskey



nuke - cook or heat up



aide - an assistant



chamois - a type of cloth

Summary


Intro - unfortunate events (car accidents)



Della’s mother begins to ‘wither’ away due to cancer



Della and her father hire a nurse aide to take care of Mrs. Barstow during the day



Della’s mother dies after a few unbearable months



Father and daughter experience a closer bond

Literary Devices


Simile






“… my four dying grandparents, who dropped like dominoes…” (para. 2)

Imagery


“… she shrank down to an ancient little girl, loose skin and bones so light they seemed hollow.” (para. 3)



“It was June, and everything outside was bright green and pale pink, and our house was dark and thick with dust.” (para. 6)

Hyperbole


“…, since I went blind and deaf as soon as I touched the doorknob.” (para. 5)



“I have spent one whole year of my life with a dying woman and a ghost.” (para. 14)

My Response


The title “Hold Tight”



Narrator



Time confusion



Emotion


Reflective



(Frustrated) - para. 4 & 5



Sad - para. 6, 12 & 36



Hopeful

References
Amy Bloom. (n.d.) . Retrieved June 10, 2015, from http://amybloom.com/ about/
Bloom, A. (2000) . Hold tight. In Meyer, M. (Ed.) , The Bedford introduction to literature: Reading writing thinking (pp. 650-654) . Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Meyer, M. (Ed.). (2002). The Bedford introduction to literature: Reading thinking writing. (6th ed.) Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.



References: Amy Bloom. (n.d.) . Retrieved June 10, 2015, from http://amybloom.com/
about/
Bloom, A. (2000) . Hold tight. In Meyer, M. (Ed.) , The Bedford
introduction to literature: Reading writing thinking (pp. 650-654) .
Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
Meyer, M. (Ed.). (2002). The Bedford introduction to literature: Reading
thinking writing. (6th ed.) Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
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