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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:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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