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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Bloom Narrator: Jill Eikenberry, Amy Bloom, Isaiah Sheffer Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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In 1927, a Russian immigrant woman set off from New York City to walk home to Russia on foot. Amy Bloom tells how she took this kernel of historic fact and dreamed up a lush, epic, and yet wonderfully intimate novel.

Thalia Book Club Readers and writers meet for intimate conversations about compelling new books and favorite classics in fiction, essay, biography and more. Evenings include an actor performing an excerpt, an interview and a conversation with the audience. A book signing follows each event. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 2/16/2014

    " Superb. beautifully written, great characters, deeply engaging story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/13/2014

    " Great characters, an interesting but fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Havi | 2/1/2014

    " Beautifully written and very movie. A rare book for me as it was often dark and I still loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelsey | 1/31/2014

    " a book about a journey of one woman from America to Russia with crass language throughout "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T. | 1/23/2014

    " I felt compelled to finish this book, but it was a book I thought several times of abandoning. Early on, the reference to Nanking was jarring (both being historically incorrect and an unusual writerly interjection with third person omniscient point of view). The book's narrative structure was strange, but it wasn't the book's main problem for me. What bothered me most was the inconsistent characterization. I frequently found the characters, or their actions, implausible. I didn't trust the use of research in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherylann | 1/13/2014

    " I went into Away thinking that it was going to be a typical immigrant story with a happy ending (you know, family finds happiness and prosperity in the new world). What I found was a heartbreaking story. Bloom's writing is so vivid that the reader is able to see, hear, and smell the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1920s. The novel follows Lillian Leyb's journey from New York back to Siberia. Lillian is a multi-faceted character, who will do anything to survive and get what she wants. Bloom does a beautiful job developing this complex character. The ending, true to life, will haunt the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/10/2014

    " Unlike most of the books I read. Bought it at Costco for the colorful cover. Lillian gets into a lot of very strange situations. I dont really like narrator's that know things that the characters couldnt possibly know. Other than that I liked her and enjoyed the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 1/7/2014

    " Bleh. Totally disappointed and weirded out. Sorry, I didn't like the sotry or the characters. I skimmed in the end I was so bored of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Oconnor | 1/3/2014

    " Lillian Leyb certainly had an interesting life. It is hard of us in this day and age to conceive of the hardships she endured to try to find her daughter. And when she instead found the love of her life, she almost lost him, or really lost him? The end kind of left me wondering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krysia | 1/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. You learn much about life as an immigrant in the Lower East Side, traveling across the country during the time period, as well as the sexual mores of the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tfalcone | 12/27/2013

    " Can't quite get into the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 12/21/2013

    " Definitely "heartbreaking and romantic" as stated in the synopsis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina G | 6/21/2013

    " Great book! A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cdelory | 5/18/2013

    " Can you have a happy ending with no happy ending? Liked the realism of the main character. She did what she needed to do to survive as did others in the book. The portrait of early NY also interesting though not comprehensive; she leaves to soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris Siegel | 3/8/2013

    " I didn't care for this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cara | 11/7/2012

    " I like my books to be straightforward. A to B to C etc. I felt this book was all over the map, especially at the end, where it was hard to tell what was true and what was not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 9/23/2012

    " not blown away...thought I would be by the hype. beginning and end were good. too much stuff in the middle... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cassy | 5/25/2012

    " Not quite a bodice-ripper, but close. Historical fiction of survival and longing, essentially a romance. I stayed up late devouring this novel, so eager to escape into the dirty and rough landscape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dragana | 3/23/2012

    " shying away from rules but not taboos, bloom is engaging as always "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 maven | 1/13/2012

    " It started off well enough and seemed to have potential to be a good story. Unfortunately, it suddenly got a bit stupud and the rest of it was quite painful to read. A waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 12/23/2011

    " Powerful descriptions; fast-paced plot with fascinating characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia Blasi | 10/28/2011

    " An absolutely enornous "little" book. Amazing style and scope. You will love Lillian so much it will hurt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deandrea | 7/22/2011

    " Amy Bloom is my favorite short story author on earth. Why she cannot write a novel is beyond me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/29/2011

    " Why have I never before read Amy Bloom's work? A magnificent, sweeping tale of a woman/ mother demonstrating amazing resilience and enduring hope. From the very first page, I found myself swept away into Lilian's world, and I did not depart until I closed the cover. A beautifully written story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sidney | 6/28/2011

    " didn't care for the language or innuendos "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/24/2011

    " Ms. Bloom writes beautifully, and the story of these characters is wonderfully told. I especially enjoyed the historical settings and travels Ms. Bloom described. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/21/2011

    " Strange. I liked this book. But I didn't love it until I finished it. Strong character development and lots of history. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chloe | 6/19/2011

    " The peripheral characters had more personality than the main character. Depressing, but not in a moving way. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/19/2011

    " I really liked the fact the author let you know the outcome of each of the characters who pass through Lillian's life as she moves through hers. It was very satifying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 6/16/2011

    " Hailed as a "literary triumph" by the New York Times, "it is also a classic page-turner, one that delivers a relentlessly good read." I couldn't agree more! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wjmagro | 6/8/2011

    " I gave this book one star only because I admire anyone who gets a book published. The writing never drew me in - the prose was always awkward and never flowed. Could have been a great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becki | 5/24/2011

    " Never did finish reading the book. I made it half way but I always wanted to pick something else up rather than this story. I found it depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 5/23/2011

    " amy bloom manages to write a sad and difficult story humorously .Lillian just does not think of herself as a victim even though so much has gone wrong for her. Then she makes a brave difficult decision and though we dont see how she can succeed we really hope she does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 5/15/2011

    " Can't remember much about it, but I do remember that I found the ending very satisfactory, when all the way through I wondered how she could possibly make it turn out right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alaina | 5/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book until about page 100. After that it becomes a bunch of different fragmented stories containing the same main character. The ending is unclear as to weather it is a delusion or reality. "

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About the Author
Author Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Away; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta, and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Bloom teaches creative writing at Yale University.