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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dara Horn Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 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. Benjamin Ziskind, a former child prodigy, now spends his days writing questions for a television trivia show. After Ben's twin sister, Sara, forces him to attend a singles cocktail party at a Jewish museum, Ben spots Over Vitebsk, a Chagall sketch that once hung in the twins' childhood home. Convinced the painting was stolen from his family, Ben steals the work of art and enlists Sara to create a forgery to replace it. While trying to evade the police, Ben attempts to find the truth of how the painting got to the museum. From a Jewish orphanage in 1920s Soviet Russia where Marc Chagall brought art to orphaned Jewish boys, to a junior high school in Newark, New Jersey, with a stop in the jungles of Da Nang, Vietnam, Horn weaves a story of mystery, romance, folklore, history and theology into a spellbinding modern tale. Richly satisfying and utterly unique, her novel opens the door to "the world to come"-not life after death, but the world we create through our actions right now. Download and start listening now!

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

    Time

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