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Away

A Novel

Bloom, Amy

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Panoramic in scope,Awayis the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, a dangerous innocent, an accidental heroine. When her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land. When word comes that her daughter, Sophie, might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an odyssey that takes her from the world of the Yiddish theater on New York's Lower East Side, to Seattle's Jazz District, and up to Alaska, along the fabled Telegraph Trail toward Siberia. All of the qualities readers love in Amy Bloom's work-her humor and wit, her elegant and irreverent language, her unflinching understanding of passion and the human heart-come together in the embrace of this brilliant novel, which is at once heartbreaking, romantic, and completely unforgettable. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400063567
1400063566
Branch Call Number: FICTION BLOOM
Characteristics: 240 p. ;,25 cm

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When young Lillian Leyb's family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land. When word comes that her daughter, Sophie, might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an odyssey that takes her from the world of the Yiddish theater on New Y... Read More »

Lillian comes to America alone from Russia in 1924. When word comes that her daughter might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an odyssey that takes her from New York's Lower East Side, to Seattle's Jazz District, and up to Alaska.

Lillian comes to America alone from Russia in 1924. When word comes that her daughter might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an odyssey that takes her from New York's Lower East Side, to Seattle's Jazz District, and up to Alaska.


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Jul 30, 2014
  • robertalg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. One of the best I've read in ages. Amy Bloom is an incredible writer. Looking forward to her next book.

Mar 16, 2014
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked it. It was captivating and imaginative. Plus, i love the 1920s. That's my favorite time period.

Dec 11, 2009
  • maven rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It started off well enough and seemed to have potential to be a good story. Unfortunately, it suddenly got a bit stupid and the rest of it was quite painful to read. A waste of time.

Jun 11, 2009
  • samdog123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The main character discovers that the child she thought was dead, is actually alive. She goes on a quest to find her child and meets many interesting characters along the way. Interesting, but not fabulous, by any means.

Dec 17, 2008
  • vickiz rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The lack of sentimentality - of both the heroine and the telling of her tale - actually works to this book's advantage, making it a crisp, quick and even enjoyable read, some of the disturbing scenes and situations notwithstanding. The perhaps workmanlike tidiness of sewing up each character and storyline is balanced by the fact that not each resolution is conventionally happily ever after. Not a masterpiece, but not bad at all.

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