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In the Image: A Novel
     

In the Image: A Novel

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by Dara Horn
 

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A young woman's coming of age, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey—each infused with the lessons of history.

In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration, one that remembers "a language, a literature, a held hand, an entire world lived and breathed in the image of God."

Bill Landsmann, an

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A young woman's coming of age, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey—each infused with the lessons of history.

In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration, one that remembers "a language, a literature, a held hand, an entire world lived and breathed in the image of God."

Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb with a passion for travel, is obsessed with building his slide collection of images from the Bible that he finds scattered throughout the world. The novel begins when he crosses paths with his granddaughter's friend, Leora, and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family's past and her family's future.

Not just a first novel but a cultural event—a wedding of secular and religious forms of literature—In the Image neither lives in the past nor seeks to escape it, but rather assimilates it, in the best sense of the word, honoring what is lost and finding, among the lost things, the treasures that can renew the present. Reading group guide included.

Editorial Reviews

Richard Snow - American Heritage
“[T]old with moral passion, vigor, humor, and an unflagging fascination with the coincidences, miseries, grotesqueries, and triumphs of life.”
David Gelernter - Commentary
“Not merely a striking success as a whole but a technical tour de force.”
Hadassah Magazine
“A stunning example of how to thread the warp of Jewish history into the woof of contemporary American Jewish life.”
Jewish Week
“An ebullient and vibrant new voice.”
Jewish Woman Magazine
“Horn creates small worlds, beautifully detailed and textured, that ultimately fit together.”
PaknTreger Magazine
“Riveting—compulsive reading, authoritative from the first sentence. A fine book from a powerful new imagination.”
The Boston Globe
“[An] unsettling, otherworldly novel.”
The Jerusalem Post
“Incredibly poignant ... with audacious appropriation of lines and themes from Jewish texts.... [Horn is] a writer with great self-confidence.”
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Impressive...remarkable...All of the characters struggle for those gemlike qualities of passion, brilliance, clarity, fire.”
Jay Parini
“This is a lovely book that will give pleasure to many readers, and it signals the beginning of an interesting career.”
Melvin Jules Bukiet
“[I]t may be the most ambitious and accomplished first novel I have ever read.”
Rabbi David Wolpe
“A gripping story told with learning and passion. It does not just use Jewish sources, it breathes them, and breathes into them the breath of life.”
Thane Rosenbaum
“A tender and touching story of vanished worlds and recovered lives.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393347548
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
1,110,667
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

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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In the Image 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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In The Image is one of those books that evolves, through the characters' coming of age, coming to peace and acceptance, and coming towards spiritual identity. One young girl learns to accept the death of her best friend, through the slide images of the grandfather of that same friend, and she learns to overcome her fear of loss and allows herself to fall in love. The grandfather learns to accept his own life, which is built frame by frame, on his slides, through the images he has photographed during his travels. He has to learn to leave the past behind, his childhood and abusive father. For him the images represent life, and he has to learn to let go in order to accept his life challenges and move forward and find spiritual identity and peace. The symbolism and undertones in this novel leave one in awe, the images clearly defined in the author's words. Age is a state of mind, a number we define ourselves with, but one can be 70 and still be coming of age. This book touches on coming of age, for all age groups.