In Amy Bloom's new novel, Away, 22-year-old Lillian Leyb comes to New York alone, survivor of a Russian pogrom. Upon learning that her daughter might be alive, Lillian embarks on a perilous journey across the continent, up through the Yukon toward Siberia. Both a classic tale of immigrant self-invention and an epic adventure, Bloom's novel is a riveting story of love and survival. A former psychotherapist, Bloom is also the author of the National Book Award finalist Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You.
Recorded Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at The Newberry Library.