A beautifully written book, a gripping story of a young woman's experiences in coming to the New World from the pogroms of early 20th century Russia. She endures and indeed becomes a heroic figure. Masterfully written.
Sad, lyrical. I liked how the author told the ultimate fate of the characters whom Lillian encounters during the phases of her life: her roommate and the theater entrepreneurs in the Lower East Side of NYC, the prostitute in Seattle, her friend at the workhouse. Some of Lillian's journey seems very far-fetched - the Alaska-Siberia trip in particular - but much of the story is realistic and gives an interesting glimpse into American history.
A young mother loses her entire family in 1920s Russia and begins a new immigrant life in New York's Lower East Side. Then, a cousin arrives who says her daughter Sophia is alive in Siberia. Lillian begins the journey of a lifetime.
Each part of her journey is cast with such interesting characters and stories, an odyssey of sorts. Very good.
one reason that I liked this novel is because, many times while reading a book, one wonders what became of the characters. Bloom answers that question for many of her characters by telling us what happened to them in the future.
One word: TERRIBLE.... story, writing style, etc. Totally agree with an earlier reader: stupid and depressing, ...waste of time.
Loved this book. One of the best I've read in ages. Amy Bloom is an incredible writer. Looking forward to her next book.
I liked it. It was captivating and imaginative. Plus, i love the 1920s. That's my favorite time period.
It started off well enough and seemed to have potential to be a good story. Unfortunately, it suddenly got a bit stupid and the rest of it was quite painful to read. A waste of time.
The lack of sentimentality - of both the heroine and the telling of her tale - actually works to this book's advantage, making it a crisp, quick and even enjoyable read, some of the disturbing scenes and situations notwithstanding. The perhaps workmanlike tidiness of sewing up each character and storyline is balanced by the fact that not each resolution is conventionally happily ever after. Not a masterpiece, but not bad at all.
The main character discovers that the child she thought was dead, is actually alive. She goes on a quest to find her child and meets many interesting characters along the way. Interesting, but not fabulous, by any means.
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