Here I Am
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Here I Am

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In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, “Abraham!” to order him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, “Here I am.” Later, when Isaac calls out, “My father!” to ask 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 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 spiraling conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home–and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.

Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers and critics 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 mature novelist who has fully come into his own as one of the most important writers of his generation.

Title:Here I Am
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0241146186
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:571 pages

    Here I Am Reviews

  • Elyse
    Sep 15, 2016

    "Here I Am", is one of those type of books that is likely to receive every possible rating......depending on the readers perspective. Readers can easily justify their options, positive or negative. Ra...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Jan 13, 2016

    (2.5) Is it a simple account of the implosion of two Washington, D.C. fortysomethings’ marriage? Or is it a sweeping epic of Judaism from the biblical patriarchs to imagined all-out Middle Eastern w...

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Dec 01, 2016

    DNF. Just wasn't for me. ...

  • Maxwell
    Dec 23, 2015

    Full review to come. ...

  • Kirsty
    Jul 11, 2016

    Since the moment I heard that the god of contemporary authors, Jonathan Safran Foer, was going to be releasing a new novel, the barely-concealed bookworm inside me has been almost continually squealin...

  • Gill
    Jul 20, 2016

    'Here I Am' by Jonathan Safran Foer 2.5 stars/ 5 out of 10I was very impressed by "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer, so was interested to read his latest work, "Here I Am"....

  • Emily May
    Sep 20, 2016

    2 1/2 stars. Foer explores what it means to be a Jew in this epic, messy monster of a book. He starts with a Franzen-style look at the American family - a spiraling web of relationships and conflicts ...

  • Ayelet Waldman
    Jul 29, 2016

    Amazing first half. The Israel stuff left me cold....

  • Vish Chap
    Jan 31, 2017

    Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer is a novel that describes the last few months of a marriage. Jacob and Julia Bloch, a couple in their early forties, have been drifting apart for years when a betraya...

  • Simone Subliminalpop
    Jan 18, 2017

    Indeciso fino all’ultimo tra 3 o 4 stelle.Personaggi e scrittura non si discutono, ottimi livelli per entrambi.Dialoghi scritti magistralmente, forse troppo però (io dei bambini che parlano/ragiona...