One of my favorite books of 2016 was Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. Prior to reading it, I had considered myself a fan, but not a huge one--after reading Here I Am, I've changed my mind. Foer's novel is profound and moving, and it's engaging in a way that you dream a book will be.
Here's what Amazon's Penny Mann wrote when we picked Here I Am as a Best Book of September:
Classic JSF with a powerfully personal touch, this novel will make you laugh, challenge your perceptions, and truly just impress. Here I Am follows an already fragile family in crisis, and examines how they approach their fractured marriage through their religious identity as Jewish Americans and Israelis, as well as how each individual within a relationship takes on specific roles, and why. Fans of JSF get ready to swoon, and to those who aren't fans yet--get ready to become one.
Here's our talk with Jonathan Safran Foer. It's a long one, but it's a good one. Happy Holidays.
(Note: at one point he references "Transparent," calling it an HBO show. It's actually an Amazon show. JSF wrote for an HBO show, which is probably why he mispoke. Everything else in the interview is brilliant.)
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