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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.
"Rosenblat is an incomparable character guide, dancing from accent to accent, never letting up." ( Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Amy Bloom gets more meaning into individual sentences than most authors manage in whole books." ( The New Yorker)
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By Phyllis on 10-22-07
the perils? of Lillian
I began this story with great expectations based on many reviews I read. Sadly, it did not live up to these reviews. The story was chaotic, with flashbacks and fast forwards. The super-hero adventures of Lillian were unbelievable. To travel from NY to Alaska alone, trading sex for passage because she has no money, finding a boat in Alaska, she pilots herself across icy seas, again alone. And after all the perils of Lillian, and there are many more, comes the disappointing end. Some sections were interesting, but all-in-all the story was unbelievable and doesn't deserve the praise it got.
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