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Author: Amy Bloom
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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781400063567
ISBN-10: 1400063566
Publication Date: 8/21/2007
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 75 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 10
It took a while for me to get into this book - it was hard for me to follow at first. But once I got it I really enjoyed it! I grew to like Lillian and wanted to know what happened to her. I think what made it difficult to follow at first was that for every person(s) that had an impact on her life, the story told what happened to those people even after Lillian was no longer in their lives. This was an interesting twist and one I grew to really like.
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Helpful Score: 7
I was expecting more from this book. It had so much potential with its premise. But it kept veering off course and getting so bogged down in details I couldn't follow the story. By the end, I didn't care if I understood the paragraph or not, I just moved on to get the book over with. I would not attempt to read this again nor would I recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Lillian suffers the severest of losses, her entire family is killed and her young daughter is presumed dead. When she moves on to create a new - but equally difficult - life in America, she has to give it all away. She gives away her pride, her dignity, her expectations - all to find that she'll get more than she'd expected in the least expected places. Interesting characters, unbelievable situations and a likable lead.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. I found it a compelling, engaging, fun read. Horrific events befall Lillian, the main character, and she moves through many situations and their sometimes 'far flung' solutions. Although some of the events seemed just over the top, the characters had great humanity and spirit, which in the final analysis is what draws me into a book. I highly recommend this as a great read.
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A somewhat different kind of book. The beginning grabs the reader 'in' with the war details about Lillian. The book does jump around about it's characters; at times is a little hard to follow, but the majority of Bloom's writing is great. The details of Lillian's struggle in life; her challenges; the people & situations she encounters & faces; are written well. Lillian is 'tough as nails;' she's determined to find Sophie who was left behind in Russia durng a raid in WWII. Lillian's long trek back from New York, to Washington state, to Alaska, to Russia, to search for her daughter is filled with numerous characters, all very interesting. Bloom writing is a great fictional read.
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Despite some other readers' mixed reviews, I loved this book. All of the characters -- including the heroine, Lillian -- are flawed and yet sympathetic. Lillian does a lot of despicable things to get where she needs to go, but if she didn't, she would never have a chance. I loved how Bloom wraps up the rest of a character's life story when they exit the plot line. Her characters were so fascinating that I really wanted to know what happened to them. (Her end stories do not disappoint.)
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I just couldn't get into this book. The characters blended together and the plot was hard to follow. I gave up after about 50 pages.


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