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Away
Bloom, Amy
Adult Fiction BLOOM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Life is no party for Lillian Leyb, the 22-year-old Jewish immigrant protagonist of Bloom's outstanding fifth novel: her husband and parents were killed in a Russian pogrom, and the same violent episode separated her from her three-year-old daughter, Sophie. Arriving in New York in 1924, Lillian dreams of Sophie, and after five weeks in America, barely speaking English, she outmaneuvers a line of applicants for a seamstress job at the Goldfadn Yiddish Theatre, where she becomes the mistress of both handsome lead actor Meyer Burstein and his very connected father, Reuben. Her only friend in New York, tailor/actor/playwright Yaakov Shimmelman, gives her a thesaurus and coaches her on American culture. In a last, loving, gesture after receiving word that Sophie is living in Siberia, Yaakov secures Lillian passage out of New York to begin her quest to find Sophie. The journey-through Chicago by train, into Seattle's African-American underworld and across the Alaskan wilderness-elevates Bloom's novel from familiar immigrant chronicle to sweeping saga of endurance and rebirth. Encompassing prison, prostitution and poetry, Yiddish humor and Yukon settings, Bloom's tale offers linguistic twists, startling imagery, sharp wit and a compelling vision of the past. Bloom has created an extraordinary range of characters, settings and emotions. Absolutely stunning. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Amy Bloom's stunning and luminous novel Away (Random. 2007. ISBN 978-1-4000-6356-7. $23.95) is an immigrant saga that sweeps from Russia through New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and into the Yukon toward Siberia. At 22, Lillian Leyb lost her husband and parents and was separated from Sophie, her three-year-old daughter, during a Russian pogrom. Penniless, she travels to America and lands in New York City in 1924 where she settles into a kind of fevered existence, working as a seamstress in a Jewish theater, sleeping with the boss, fronting for his gay son, and befriended by a playwright. When her cousin arrives from Russia and reports that Sophie is alive in Siberia, Lillian's story becomes a test of endurance as she struggles to get her daughter back. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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