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A young woman's coming of age, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey — each infused with the lessons of history.

In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration, one that remembers "a language, a literature, a held hand, an entire world lived and breathed in the image of God."

Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb with a passion for travel, is obsessed with building his slide collection of images from the Bible that he finds scattered throughout the world. The novel begins when he crosses paths with his granddaughter's friend, Leora, and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family's past and her family's future.

Not just a first novel but a cultural event — a wedding of secular and religious forms of literature — In the Image neither lives in the past nor seeks to escape it, but rather assimilates it, in the best sense of the word, honoring what is lost and finding, among the lost things, the treasures that can renew the present.

Review:

"[An] unsettling, otherworldly novel." Boston Globe

Review:

"Not merely a striking success as a whole but a technical tour de force." David Gelernter, Commentary

Review:

"Incredibly poignant...with audacious appropriation of lines and themes from Jewish texts....a writer with great self-confidence." Jerusalem Post

Review:

"Horn creates small worlds, beautifully detailed and textured, that ultimately fit together." Jewish Woman Magazine

Review:

"Impressive...remarkable...All of the characters struggle for those gemlike qualities of passion, brilliance, clarity, fire." New Orleans Times-Picayune

Review:

"Riveting — compulsive reading, authoritative from the first sentence. A fine book from a powerful new imagination." PaknTreger Magazine

Review:

"It is a novel that seems flooded with godly light." Jay Parini, author of The Apprentice Lover

Review:

"[I]t may be the most ambitious and accomplished first novel I have ever read." Melvin Jules Bukiet, author of Strange Fire

Review:

"I left the novel spellbound by the breadth of Horn's imagination and the generosity of her vision." Andrew Furman, author of Contemporary Jewish American Writers and the Multicultural Dilemma

Review:

"A tender and touching story of vanished worlds and recovered lives." Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham

Review:

"An enchanting, introspective and emotionally charged debut." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb with a passion for travel, is obsessed with building his slide collection of images from the Bible that he finds scattered throughout the world. The novel begins when he crosses paths with his granddaughter's friend, Leora, and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family's past and her family's future.

Synopsis:

In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration, one that remembers "a language, a literature, a held hand, an entire world lived and breathed in the image of God."

Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb with a passion for travel, is obsessed with building his slide collection of images from the Bible that he finds scattered throughout the world. The novel begins when he crosses paths with his granddaughter's friend, Leora, and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family's past and her family's future.

Not just a first novel but a cultural event--a wedding of secular and religious forms of literature--In the Image neither lives in the past nor seeks to escape it, but rather assimilates it, in the best sense of the word, honoring what is lost and finding, among the lost things, the treasures that can renew the present. Reading group guide included.

About the Author

Dara Horn is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at Harvard University. Her award-winning nonfiction writing has appeared in Hadassah, American Heritage, Science, and the Christian Science Monitor. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393325263
Author:
Horn, Dara
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Religious - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
302
Dimensions:
8.28x5.50x.72 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 302 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393325263 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] unsettling, otherworldly novel."
"Review" by , "Not merely a striking success as a whole but a technical tour de force."
"Review" by , "Incredibly poignant...with audacious appropriation of lines and themes from Jewish texts....a writer with great self-confidence."
"Review" by , "Horn creates small worlds, beautifully detailed and textured, that ultimately fit together."
"Review" by , "Impressive...remarkable...All of the characters struggle for those gemlike qualities of passion, brilliance, clarity, fire."
"Review" by , "Riveting — compulsive reading, authoritative from the first sentence. A fine book from a powerful new imagination."
"Review" by , "It is a novel that seems flooded with godly light."
"Review" by , "[I]t may be the most ambitious and accomplished first novel I have ever read."
"Review" by , "I left the novel spellbound by the breadth of Horn's imagination and the generosity of her vision."
"Review" by , "A tender and touching story of vanished worlds and recovered lives."
"Review" by , "An enchanting, introspective and emotionally charged debut."
"Synopsis" by , Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb with a passion for travel, is obsessed with building his slide collection of images from the Bible that he finds scattered throughout the world. The novel begins when he crosses paths with his granddaughter's friend, Leora, and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family's past and her family's future.
"Synopsis" by , In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration, one that remembers "a language, a literature, a held hand, an entire world lived and breathed in the image of God."

Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb with a passion for travel, is obsessed with building his slide collection of images from the Bible that he finds scattered throughout the world. The novel begins when he crosses paths with his granddaughter's friend, Leora, and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family's past and her family's future.

Not just a first novel but a cultural event--a wedding of secular and religious forms of literature--In the Image neither lives in the past nor seeks to escape it, but rather assimilates it, in the best sense of the word, honoring what is lost and finding, among the lost things, the treasures that can renew the present. Reading group guide included.
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