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The World to Comeby Dara Horn
Synopses & Reviews
A million-dollar painting by Marc Chagall is stolen from a museum. The unlikely thief is Benjamin Ziskind, a thirty-year-old quiz-show writer. As Benjamin and his twin sister try to evade the police, they find themselves recalling their dead parents'"the father who lost a leg in Vietnam, the mother who created children's books'"and their stories about trust, loss, and betrayal.
What is true, what is fake, what does it mean? Eighty years before the theft, these questions haunted Chagall and the enigmatic Yiddish fabulist Der Nister ("The Hidden One"), teachers at a school for Jewish orphans. Both the painting and the questions will travel through time to shape the Ziskinds' futures.
With astonishing grace and simplicity, Dara Horn interweaves a real art heist, history, biography, theology, and Yiddish literature. Richly satisfying, utterly unique, her novel opens the door to "the world to come"'"not life after death, but the world we create through our actions right now. Reading group guide included.
"Nothing short of amazing."'"Entertainment Weekly
Having stolen a million-dollar Marc Chagall masterpiece, thirty-year-old quiz-show writer Benjamin Ziskind and his twin sister work to evade the police and evaluate the eighty-year-old link between their family and the famous painting. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
About the Author
Dara Horn, author of the award-winning novels The World to Comeand In the Image, is one of Granta"s 'Best Young American Novelists.' She lives with her family in New York City.
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