Here I Am (Hardcover)

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Sometimes we hear criticism (and sometimes we agree) that 600-page novels today are not being edited. Not so, Here I Am (whose title comes from Abraham’s response to God in the book of Genesis), which is actually only 571 pages—is the story of Jacob and Julia, their marriage in distress, and their three sons in present-day Washington D. C. over a one-month period in which there is a bar mitzvah, a Middle East earthquake, and an invasion of Israel. Chock full of narrative tension that is brilliant, very funny, irreverent, relevant, dirty, and altogether entertaining, from the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

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Instant New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2016
A Time Magazine Top 10 Novel of 2016
A Times Literary Supplement Best Book of 2016

"Dazzling . . . A profound novel about the claims of identity, history, family, and the burdens of a broken world." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "Fresh Air"


In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, "Abraham " before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, "Here I am." Later, when Isaac calls out, "My father " before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, "Here I am."

How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others'? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in eleven years--a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home--and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer's most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer's stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of our most important writers.

About the Author


Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, "Everything Is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and a bestselling work of nonfiction, " Eating Animals." He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780374280024
ISBN-10: 0374280029
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 592
Language: English