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An intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion, The World To Come is Dara Horn’s follow-up to her breakout critically acclaimed debut novel In the Image.

A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles’ cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents’ living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family’s startling history—from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam. Using a real-life art heist as her starting point, Horn traces the life and times of several characters, including Russian-born artist Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deeply satisfying literary mystery and a funny-sad meditation on how the past haunts the present—and how we haunt the future.”


  • “Nothing short of amazing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An accomplished work that beautifully explains how families—in all their maddening, smothering, supportive glory—create us.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Spellbinding…A compelling collage of history, mystery, theology, and scripture, The World to Come is a narrative tour de force crackling with conundrums and dark truths.”

    Booklist (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 6/5/2011

    " Wonderful premise, compelling characters, great mystery spiced with a sweet love story. Wickedly disastrous ending that left everything unresolved, I guess on the theory that's all in "the world to come." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deborah | 5/30/2011

    " Well written story about the justifiable theft of a Chagall--who wouldn't want a Chagall? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Blake | 5/28/2011

    " i enjoyed so much of this book: the yiddish stories, the history, Chagall! But the ending, i guess... politically, really did not sit well with me. kind of made me hate it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gina | 4/25/2011

    " Wonderfully imaginative. Interesting thoughts on the value and interpretation of art. "

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About the Author
Author Dara Horn

Dara Horn, named one of Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists,” has won multiple literary awards. Her first novel, In the Image, received a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The World to Come, received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, was selected as an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review, and was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2006. Her third novel, All Other Nights, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice pick and was one of Booklist’s 25 Best Books of the Decade. In 2012, her nonfiction e-book The Rescuer was published by Tablet magazine and became a Kindle bestseller.