aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Swept "Away"

Right now, I’m reading Amy Bloom’s Away. I remember going to see her read at Powells Books in 1993 or 1994. Her first book, Come To Me, had blown me away. Plus, to be honest, filled me with jealousy. Her stories had an urgency and a reality that shook the reader awake.

Away is a marvelous and odd book. The plot is strange and perhaps strained, but the writing is lyrical. And clearly this is one writer who does not need to be reminded to use all five senses.

And look at this first line in a new section (page 109).

“Seattle’s King Street Station is famous for two things, and no one tells Lillian about either one.”

Doesn’t that just make you want to read on?

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