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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  9,712 Ratings  ·  1,866 Reviews
Panoramic in scope, Away is 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 ...more
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Published August 21st 2007 by Random House (first published 2007)
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Doug Bradshaw
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Unsqueamish
Recommended to Doug by: NYTimes and EW
Rather than review, I'm going to make my observations:

1. The book transported me into the life and brain of a 22 year old Russian girl who had to flee Russia to America in the 1920s. She has lived through the slaughter of her family and arrives in NYC without anything but the dress she's wearing. The author does a great job of putting you into the girl's shoes and you feel numb, desperate, your survival instincts kick in and you become ready to do what it takes to survive. Some of these things
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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Away - Nevisande : Amy Bloom - ISBN : 1400063566 - ISBN13 : 9781400063567 - Dar 240 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007
Lillian
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
I took a writing class with Amy Bloom during my freshman year of college. What stuck with me most from this class was her insistence that even when you're writing about an unlikable, even villainous, character, it is essential that you have sympathy for that character, or the story won't work.

That perspective is what I admire most about Amy Bloom's fiction. Almost all of the characters in Away are seriously flawed human beings, but she paints such vivid portraits of these characters' inner live
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Ewurama
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The review is long overdue on this, but here goes…

I wanted to *love* this book. I’d come off a string of just-okay books and was very much in the mood for something epic and heartwarming (or heartrending) and memorable. It was well-reviewed and the storyline sounded promising, so I was excited to read it. Briefly, the book is about a young Russian woman, Lillian Leyb, who escapes to NYC after her family is massacred in a pogrom only to journey back to Siberia (!) upon discovering that her young
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Connie
3.5 stars
Lillian Leyb had to create a new life for herself in America after her Jewish family was slaughtered in a Russian pogrom in 1924. She started as a seamstress at a New York Yiddish theater. When she receives the news that her young daughter Sophie might still be alive in Siberia, she undertakes a rail trip across America, then heads north to Alaska. She plans to cross the Bering Strait to find her daughter.

This is a tale of endurance where Lillian has to make hard choices in order to sur
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YoSafBridg
"an orphan, a widow, and the mother of a dead child, for which there's not even a special word"

A few years ago i read The Woman who Walked to Russia: a writer's search for a lost legend by Cassandra Pybus. Pybus was browsing a bookshop while traveling through Northern British Columbia when she first heard of Lillian Alling, a woman purported to have walked from New York to Alaska on her way to Siberia in 1927. There were bits and pieces of the legend to be found here and there that told how Lil
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Rosa
Oct 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really interesting. Considering the basic plot - Russian Jewish woman whose entire family was slaughtered before her eyes escapes to America with literally nothing, establishes a fairly comfortable life here, then completely abandons it to go back to Siberia, due to a rumor that her young daughter whom she previously thought dead might still be alive - on plot alone, it seems like exactly the type of book my mother-in-law would read in her book club. However, when I looked at the re ...more
Bonnie
Jan 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Shira
Sep 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a co-worker, and the premise sounded very interesting. Unfortunately, I really disliked the writing style. I found it very disjointed. The narration also seemed kind of distant, and it gave very little insight into how the main character felt about the terrible things happening in her life.

Aside from the writing style, I also found the story to be very depressing. It tells the story of a young Jewish woman, Lillian, in the 1920s who flees her home in Russia after he
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Beverly
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy Bloom is the author of "Come to Me," a National Book Award finalist; "A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You," nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Love Invents Us"; and "Normal." Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has wri ...more
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