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Away by Amy Bloom

In Away, Lillian Leyb comes to America in the 1920's after a pogrom in her Russian village has killed most of her family, including her daughter. She arrives in New York City with no possessions and no English. She's determined to make her way, renting a mattress, and submitting to men's whims if it will propel her forward. She becomes a seamstress in a Yiddish theater, but when a cousin tells her that she saw her daughter alive, Lillian knows she must find her. Underestimating the length and difficulty of the trek, she sets out for Chicago, Seattle, the Yukon, and then to Siberia. Along the way, she must suffer deprivations and depravities while sticking to her survivor's resolve. Amy Bloom's novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "Away is a modest name for a book as gloriously transporting as Amy Bloom's new novel. Alive with incident and unforgettable characters, it sparkles and illuminates as brilliantly as it entertains."
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by Ron Charles

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by Janet Maslin

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by Richard Wallace

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by Kathleen George

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by Elinor Lipman

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by Lisa Schwarzbaum

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