- A signed first edition of Here I Am
in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
- A collectible booklet featuring the Powells.com interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Jonathan Safran Foer
- Other surprises!
We promise we’re not trying to weigh down your bookshelves — though you might be led to believe we are, given the size and scope of Here I Am
by Jonathan Safran Foer, coming on the heels of another novel of epic proportions, Barkskins
, for Volume 60. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature Foer’s first novel in over a decade, and Here I Am
showcases the unmistakable wit, dark humor, and blunt intimacy that have made the author a favorite among Powell’s staff. It is his most ambitious and deeply personal work yet as it examines the Blochs, a Jewish-American family struggling to navigate the challenges of modern family life and questions of Jewish identity against the backdrop of catastrophic disaster in the Middle East. Foer is masterful at capturing the chaos and isolation at home and abroad through spirited outer exchanges and candid inner speech. We are absolutely delighted to announce Here I Am
as our pick for Volume 61 of Indiespensable.
"[An] intensely imagined and richly rewarding novel....That [Foer] can provide such a redemptive denouement, at once poignant, inspirational, and compassionate, is the mark of a thrillingly gifted writer." — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Foer's...polyphonic, and boldly comedic tale of one family's quandaries astutely and forthrightly confronts humankind's capacity for the ludicrous and the profound, cruelty and love."
— Booklist (Starred, Boxed Review)
"[Here I Am
] showcases Foer's emotional dexterity even as it takes place across a wider canvas than his previous books....This is great stuff, written with the insight of someone who has navigated the crucible of family, who understands how small slights lead to crises, the irreconcilability of love....Sharply observed." — Kirkus Reviews