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  • Published: 1 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241966389
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99

Here I Am




Exuberantly funny and deeply moving, a monumental American novel about family, identity and modern life

Jacob and Julia Bloch have a problem. While they've been coaxing Jacob's grandfather into a retirement home, bracing themselves for a family reunion, and struggling to keep their eldest son from being expelled, a discovery is made that risks destroying their marriage. And as domestic crises multiply in the foreground, a global disaster is looming on the horizon...

Confronting the enduring question of what it means to be human with inventiveness, irreverence and compassion, Here I Am is a great American novel for our times, a masterpiece about how we live now.

  • Published: 1 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241966389
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the editor of the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell, and his stories have been published in the Paris Review, Conjunctions and the New Yorker. Everything Is Illuminated, his first novel, won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award in 2002.

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Praise for Here I Am

Publisher's description. The New York Times bestselling new novel from the author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Wildly exhilarating and profoundly moving, this is the story of a man in crisis, a family imploding, a planet on the brink of disaster. Here I Am is a great American novel for our times, a masterpiece about how we live now.

Penguin

A brilliantly acrobatic imagination

Sunday Times

Foer writes like a dream. . . big-hearted, courageous and jaw-droppingly clever

Deborah Moggach

A darkly hilarious mile-a-minute novel

Guardian

Foer has stretched and expanded the possibilities of the novel without losing either intellectual integrity or emotional honesty. Here I Am is not just bold, it is brave... It will be remembered when all the dinner party novels are long forgotten

Scotsman

Towering and glorious: a tale of social, familial and marital breakdown . . . and the End of the World. The funniest literary novel I have ever read

The Times

Emotional depth and dramatic maturity... Unarguably Foer's most substantial and impressive work yet

Herald

Highly enjoyable and extremely funny... Foer is an absolute master of his fictional universe

Times Literary Supplement

Provocative . . . very, very funny. Dialogue pings, as animated and inventive as an Aaron Sorkin script.

Sunday Times

Lays bare the interior of a marriage with such intelligence and deep feeling and pitiless clarity, it's impossible to read it and not re-examine your own family.

TIME

Terrific, truthful, extremely funny and heartbreaking.

New Statesman

A rich, beautifully written, ambitious and grandly moving novel, which looks both at the world at large and at the deepest concerns of individual lives.

Evening Standard

Astonishing. So sad and so funny and so wry. The book that The Corrections ought to have been

Scotland on Sunday

Brilliant, masterly, always original

New York Times Book Review

An ambitious platter of intellection and emotion. Its observations are crisp; its intimations of doom resonate; its jokes are funny. Foer's best and most caustic novel, filled with so much pain and regret that your heart sometimes struggles to hold it all. Has more teeming life in it than several hundred well-meaning and well-reviewed books of midlist fiction put together

New York Times

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