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Away : a novel
Amy Bloom
Adult Fiction BLOOM

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Summary: Panoramic in scope,Awayis 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. From the Hardcover edition.

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main characters Lillian Leyb
Age: 22
Husband and parents were killed in a Russian massacre; separated from her three-year-old daughter; came to America; dreams of her daughter; mistress to a successful actor and his father; learns the American culture; on a quest to find her daughter.

Yaakov Shimmelman
Lillian's friend; tutors her in American culture.

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