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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Bloom Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781598875263
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On a morning in 1924, a young woman rises from the floor of her family’s small home in Belorussia to find her parents and her husband slaughtered beside her and her infant daughter, Sophie, missing. When her aunt tells her the baby is dead, Lillian emigrates to America. She is working as a seamstress at the Yiddish Theater and enjoying café society when a cousin arrives and insists that her daughter is still alive—in Siberia.

Lillian cannot stop dreaming of Sophie; she feels she must get to Russia, yet she can’t afford the passage. Her only friend, an actor turned tailor, steals atlases from the New York Public Library and sews them into an overcoat for her. She crosses North America by rail, truck, and foot, encountering drifters, wardens, pimps, missionaries, and tattoo artists. From Dawson City, Alaska, she sets sail for Russia. She falls in love, falls in with the wrong people, leaps before she looks, hopes hard, and refuses to give up.

Inspired by a true story, Away is Moll Flanders in America and Odysseus in the Jazz Age: big, wide, brilliantly imagined, unexpectedly funny, and unforgettable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Desperate and impassioned, erotic and moving—absolutely hypnotic.”

    Washington Post

  • 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…To the extent that a work of fiction can be all things to all people, this one is remarkably versatile. Away is a literary triumph, a book-club must, and a popular novel destined for wide readership. It is accessible to the point of pure enthrallment without compromising its eloquence or thematic strength.”

    New York Times

  • “[The narrator] has a deep, clear, engaging voice and a mastery of cadence and inflection that projects wit and nuanced meaning…Away is a remarkable saga best experienced through Rosenblat’s masterly interpretation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Summary doesn’t do justice to this compact epic’s richness of episode and characterization, nor to the exemplary skill with which Bloom increases her story’s resonance through dramatic foreshadowing of what lies ahead for her grifters and whores and romantic visionaries and stubborn, hard-bitten adventurers. Echoes of Ragtime, Cold Mountain, and Irving Howe’s World of Our Fathers, in an amazingly dense, impressively original novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The pleasures of Away are the ordinary pleasures of extraordinary novels: finely wrought prose, vivid characters, delectable details.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Any new book by Amy Bloom is a cause for celebration.”

    Times (London)

  • “Amy Bloom gets more meaning into individual sentences than most authors manage in whole books.”

    New Yorker

  • “Bloom is a first-rate storyteller.”

    RALPH

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 2/8/2014

    " Riveting story about love of a mother in that spans Russia and the United States. I enjoyed the style of writing - and straight forward presentation of unbelievably difficult circumstances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 2/5/2014

    " You don't know what you've got til its gone.....I miss this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 2/3/2014

    " I was amazed by the amount of ground covered and the characters effectively integrated. The heroine has an incredibly emotional goal--trying to find her missing 4-year-old daughter--and that motivation adds depth and meaning to everything she does. The book is infused with tenderness and constant awareness of the fragility of love and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/31/2014

    " This was another book club selection. It had been recommended as something similar to Cold Mountain, which I had enjoyed. I did like this story, but was not as involved with it. I would have been more interested if it had talked more about the simultaneous historical events. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/19/2014

    " This was just vulgar for me. (I gave up on it quite early in) The characters could have real potential but I just couldn't get past the lude writting. I would not recommend this book. It's dark and dirty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charney Risner-Wilson | 1/16/2014

    " This was a really well-written book, but I need to talk about the last paragraph with someone who's read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/15/2014

    " I did not enjoy this book. The characters were not likeable. I didn't like the way the main character exploits herself, as if she had no other choice in the matter. The ending is just too annoying. Too rambling of a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess Fragoulis | 1/14/2014

    " A lovely, lively and sad tale. The ending actually made me cry. But parts of it made me laugh out loud. And I loved being in New York, Seattle, and the Yukon with Lily and her colourful friends, acquaintances. Well-written, well-structured and altogether satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Topp | 1/10/2014

    " Listened to this rather than read it. A great saga. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 12/17/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arleen | 10/27/2013

    " Another tear jerker, but, heartwarming as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 8/27/2013

    " An amazing story of an immigrant women's strength and resiliency. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 7/31/2013

    " I thought the book was good but did not stand up to the critical acclaim it had garnered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 4/11/2013

    " Picked it up and couldn't put it down till I was 1/2 way thru. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger1566 | 11/20/2012

    " I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. There was too much graphic sex, but the real story was about this woman's journey thru life. I also liked the side stories about people in her life and what became of them. Very quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 april paquette | 11/12/2012

    " Hated the main character and thus didn't really love the book but I did want to finish it for some reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amelia | 10/26/2012

    " This book has a lasting resonance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tfalcone | 8/27/2012

    " Can't quite get into the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 8/3/2012

    " I'd give this 3.5 stars. The writing was good, but the story never completely drew me in. I found it disjointed at times. A very unhappy tale too, with a character who I really wanted to sympathize with/for, but somehow never quite could. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trahanapril | 2/24/2012

    " One of the most bizarre books I've read in my life! I had to push myself to finish it as it was sent from a friend who lives in Scotland and whom I am pretty sure didn't read it before she sent it to me, plus side it is pretty original lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/10/2012

    " Amy Bloom has once again created a story that both holds the reader's attention and educates. The book opens in 1924 with the story Lillian Leyb an immigrant girl who has endured much. It is a story of struggle, friendship and hope. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alisha | 9/8/2011

    " I think Amy Bloom is a very talented writer but the content of this novel made me sick so I shut it. If I could use one word to describe the story line of this novel it would be my two year old's favorite word, which is Bluck! A blend of the two words bad and yuck! "

  • 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.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.