I have spent the past 9 days with a cold, that then developed into a sinus infection, I'm now on a antibiotic and hopefully will be better soon. When I am feeling more ambitious I will be organizing a better area on my blog for all of the book challenges that I have made a commitment to in 2009.
"Away" by Amy Bloom
The first thing that caught my eye in the bookstore is the beautiful cover of the book, I was intrigued by the background of a long and winding stream, in a flaxen colored misty valley, the forefront of the cover picture is a bowl of shiny fruit. The second thing that caught my eye about the book is the short title, "Away," of course my curiosity was peaked; I wanted to know "Away" from what?
The main character is Lillian Leyb, a young Jewish woman from Russia that recently arrived in New York City, the year is 1924. In the beginning she lives with a cousin and other boarders in an apartment, she works as a seamstress in a theatre. Lillian carries with her the memories of the macabre butchery of her family, her every night is haunted by the hellish dreams of "the event." Lillian believes that her daughter died during the butchery in Russia, a newly arrived cousin tells Lillian that her daughter Sophie is alive and where she is living. Lillian embarks on a cross country travel, that she hopes will then enable her to cross the Bering Strait, and into Siberia where she has been told her daughter is living. Lillian has many encounters in her travels, it does seem superfluous to me that everyone she meets wants to have sex with her, it was happening so many times in the book that I speed read through those areas, I was more interested in knowing if she would be reunited with Sophie.