Away|Amy Bloom
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Literary Book Club October 2008 Selection:
Panoramic in scope, "Away" is the epic and intimate story of young Lillian Leyb, a dangerous innocent and an accidental heroine.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812977790
  • ISBN-10: 0812977793
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: June 2008
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.56 x 0.55 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.43 pounds
  • Page Count: 256


Bloom, a critically acclaimed novelist and short story writer, returns with a remarkable work of historical fiction. Set in the 1920s, the novel tells the story of Lillian Leyb, a young Jewish woman who escapes from a Russian pogrom after the deaths of her husband and parents. Hopelessly separated from her three-year-old daughter, whom she assumes is also dead, Lillian arrives penniless and alone in New York City. Through a stroke of good luck, she secures work as a seamstress at the Goldfadn Yiddish Theater. There, she makes the acquaintance of dashing actor Meyer Burstein and his powerful father, Reuben, soon becoming romantically entangled with both men. Yet, when Lillian learns that her daughter may still be alive, she sets her sights on returning to Russia. Because traveling there directly is too expensive, Lillian's friend, an actor and playwright named Yaakov Shimmelman, comes up with a cheaper—and less direct—course of travel, a route that takes Lillian to Chicago, Seattle and the Alaskan wilderness. Lillian's adventures along the way are unforgettable, and what she discovers in the end transforms her forever. Ripe with the flavor of old New York, full of rich imagery and well-developed characters, Bloom's novel is beautifully realized—an old-fashioned immigrant story with a twist.

A reading group guide is included in the book.