||Jonathan Safran Foer
A monumental novel from the bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, Abraham! before ordering him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, Here I am. How do we fulfil 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 work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, 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 works, this is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet.