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In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, ï¿½Abraham!ï¿½ to order him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, ï¿½Here I am.ï¿½ Later, when Isaac calls out, ï¿½My father!ï¿½ to ask him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, ï¿½Here I am.ï¿½
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 othersï¿½? These are the questions at the heart of Foerï¿½s first novel in eleven yearsï¿½a 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 quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.
Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. Fun fact: his mom is the Director of Sixth & I! In conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlanticï¿½s National Correspondent. Book signing to follow.
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