The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul. Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abductedleaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape. A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie’s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.
Dara Horn, one of Granta’s "Best Young American Novelists" and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards, is the author of the novels A Guide for the Perplexed,All Other Nights, The World to Come, and In the Image. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.
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A book of profound depth, character portrayal and plot interaction, this book will keep you mesmerized from the first paragraph to the last ...and beyond. This is another masterpiece by Dara Horn that weaves outstanding story-telling in the Yiddish tradition of authors like Isaac Bashevis Singer into a modern-day story of the age-old issues of passion, jealousy and redemption. Bravo to Ms. Horn for giving us a novel that begs for deeper delving into the story's literal and philosophical underpinnings of Maimonides. As with her other previous novels, this one takes on deeper meanings every time you read it.
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