Immigrant story

2008-05-14 00:00

Away, Amy Bloom’s first novel in eight years, will not disappoint her fans, of which I am one. It is a beautifully crafted story which marries historical fact with fiction.

Like many other new immigrants, she shares bed space in a tiny room until she catches the eye of the theatre impressario, Reuben Burnstein. Burnstein’s son finds Lillian a useful companion too and soon sets her up in a small apartment where she can be a successful cover for his homosexual tendencies. Reuben Burnstein also takes this opportunity to acquire another mistress. And both Lillian and he are surprised when they fall in love.

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