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Away by Amy Bloom
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Sep 09, 2007

it was amazing
Read in September, 2007

The voice in this novel is impeccable. The main character, Lillian, is so human that I feel I *really* do know her. Her adventure gets moving in the second half of the book, and the novel changes from a compelling story of an immigrant escaping to safety to an un-put-downable tale of Lillian's struggle to return to the source of her pain. I've read few novels that make me feel like love has been honestly explored, but this is one.

Bloom descends briefly into the full lives of characters who have had some effect on Lillian. At first this jarred me out of the narrative dream and annoyed me, but the fact is, I can't stop thinking about these characters a week after I returned the book to the library. To my way of thinking, that means Bloom was in complete control and has done something more meaningful than merely letting me linger in the narrative dream. I'm not quite sure what that is yet, but I like it.
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