Away by Amy Bloom

Bloom, Amy. Away. Minneapolis: Highbridge, 2007.


(Note: books are rated from one to five smiley faces, one being a book I didn’t like very much, and five being a book I loved.)

This will be short and (not so) sweet: don’t bother. I promise you. Really. And if that’s not enough to keep you from checking it out (actually, go ahead and check it out. I want to boost PV Library’s circulation stats. Just don’t listen to it), don’t say I didn’t warn you. Meanwhile, if you are looking for a really good book about the Jewish immigrant experience in early 20th-century America, one that is not only brutally realistic, but is also beautifully heartbreaking, I suggest you read Bread Givers by Anzia Yerzierska. It doesn’t have a bogus ending.