A Novel

Book - 2007
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At once heartbreaking, romantic, and completely unforgettable, Away is the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, who emigrates to America after her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400063567
Characteristics: 240 p. : map ; 25 cm


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At once heartbreaking, romantic, and completely unforgettable, this is the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, who emigrates to America after her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom. Spanning the years from 1924 to 1926, we follow Lillian working as a seamstress in New York’s Yidd... Read More »

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Oct 12, 2016

A beautifully written book, a gripping story of a young woman's experiences in coming to the New World from the pogroms of early 20th century Russia. She endures and indeed becomes a heroic figure. Masterfully written.

athompson10 Jun 04, 2016

Sad, lyrical. I liked how the author told the ultimate fate of the characters whom Lillian encounters during the phases of her life: her roommate and the theater entrepreneurs in the Lower East Side of NYC, the prostitute in Seattle, her friend at the workhouse. Some of Lillian's journey seems very far-fetched - the Alaska-Siberia trip in particular - but much of the story is realistic and gives an interesting glimpse into American history.

Oct 06, 2015

A young mother loses her entire family in 1920s Russia and begins a new immigrant life in New York's Lower East Side. Then, a cousin arrives who says her daughter Sophia is alive in Siberia. Lillian begins the journey of a lifetime.
Each part of her journey is cast with such interesting characters and stories, an odyssey of sorts. Very good.

GOGETA1946 Aug 17, 2015

one reason that I liked this novel is because, many times while reading a book, one wonders what became of the characters. Bloom answers that question for many of her characters by telling us what happened to them in the future.

Jan 26, 2015

One word: TERRIBLE.... story, writing style, etc. Totally agree with an earlier reader: stupid and depressing, ...waste of time.

Jul 30, 2014

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

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

Dec 11, 2009

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.

Dec 17, 2008

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.

samdog123 Jan 30, 2008

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.


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