Away

By Amy Bloom
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812977790, 247pp.)

Publication Date: June 24, 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“Lillian Leyb arrives in New York's Lower East Side in 1924. What she finds is not for her. Her tenacity and insatiable thirst for life and answers lead her to the Alaskan frontier. Lillian's strength and passion are an inspiration and an invitation to ask yourself, 'What would I have done?'”
-- Andrea Avantaggio, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


Description
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.



About the Author
Amy Bloom is the author of Away, a novel, and two collections of prize-winning stories: Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You. She is a psychotherapist and teaches creative writing at Yale University, where she is a Fellow of Calhoun College.


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  1. Dreams are a recurring theme in the novel. What are Lillian's dreams, both literal and metaphorical? How do these illustrate or inform the larger subject of the American dream?

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