Synopses & 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 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.
Advance praise for Away
This beautiful, effulgent book sped me forward word by word, out of the room I was in and into Amy Bloom' s world. This is a wonderful novel, a cosmos that transcends its time period and grabs us without compromise. Lillian' s astonishing journey, driven by a mother' s love, will be with me for a long, long time.
- Ron Carlson, author of The Speed of Light
I haven' t read a novel in a long time that I genuinely wanted to get back to, just to sit down and read for the pure joy of it. Away is a book full of tender wisdom, brawling insight, sharp-edged humor and- if it' s possible- a lovely, wayward precision. Amy Bloom has created an unforgettable cast of characters. Lillian, the heroine, or anti-heroine, somehow always manages todo what great journeys always do- continue. A marvelous book.
- Colum McCann, author of Zoli
Raunchy, funny, and touching, Away is an elegant window into the perils of self-invention and reinvention in New York in the 1920s. Amy Bloom' s heroine, Lillian, is an unforgettable young woman on a quest to make her life whole and to belong in an unstable, yet fascinating, new American world.
- Caryl Phillips, author of A Distant Shore
Amy Bloom' s work has always revolved around what love and desire can make us do. In Away, she paints filial love on an immense geographic and historical canvas. The result, a story of loss and survival, is gripping.
- Christopher Tilghman, author of Roads of the Heart
In this brilliant new novel, which is at once heartbreaking, romantic, and completely unforgettable, Bloom pens the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, who after her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom comes to America alone, determined to make her way in a new land.
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.