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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." Like A. S. Byatt's Possession, Dara Horn's novel seamlessly weaves its deeper preoccupations into a narrative thoroughly absorbing and satisfying. We follow Leora through the death of a friend in high school and on to college, career, and falling in love, while simultaneously tracing the story of Bill Landsmann, her lost friend's grandfather, back to Amsterdam, Austria, and New York's Lower East Side. Each story is simply told and yet is also a foray into the nature of good and evil, of the significance of tradition and the law, of the presence or absence of God. 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.

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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.

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, author of the award-winning novels The World to Come and In the Image, is one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists." She lives with her family in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393051063
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Horn, Dara
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series Volume:
TR-02-1
Publication Date:
20020917
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.6 x 1 in 1.245 lb

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» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 288 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393051063 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A young woman's coming of age, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey; each infused with the lessons of history.
"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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