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Away by Amy Bloom
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Apr 10, 2009

it was amazing
Read in May, 2009

This woman's prose is so gorgeous I could eat it. Though it follows one character, Lillian Leyb, who comes to the U.S. after her family in Russia is killed in an anti-Jewish massacre, it's still more like a series of stories, as Lillian's life starts over and over again. Bloom is a master of heartbreak and hope, but she does not dwell, or allow it to get sentimental. She is as matter-of-fact with Seattle's black hooker Gumdrop as she is with Yaakov the tailor who tells tales of New York's Yiddish theatre and the old panorama performances.
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