Here I Am: A Novel Review

  • here-i-am-a-novel-reviewIn 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.

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“This is the Foer book I’ve been waiting for–more caustic, grander, and with a richer palette of dark and poignant and absurdly funny moments. It’s one of those books that has the kind of impact on you that a friendship or romance has. Foer has somehow managed to speak so honestly and hew so closely to the joy, pain, and wonder of human relationships in all their brokenness, that one leaves the book feeling overwhelmed with the sheer density of life. I’m a huge fan of his first novels and reading Here I Am was like meeting an old friend after many years and finding that you have more to say to each other than you ever imagined.” By Aaron S. Gross

“If you loved Everything is Illuminated and/or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, this book will surely disappoint you. Another reviewer on here used the word unfulfilled and I think that about says how I felt about it. Almost 600 pages and yet I felt like barely anything happened. No character was likeable or unlikeable enough to care what was going on with them. I gave it 3 stars because I wouldn’t necessarily say the writing was bad (because FOER) but it was not an enjoyable read.” By M. Fick

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Product Details

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Kindel Price: Hardcover $16.80, Paperback $9.99, Audible $25.10, Audio CD $27.41
Hardcover: 592 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0374280029
ISBN-13: 978-0374280024
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars (143 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617 in Books