Dive into one of th­ese re­mark­able new nov­els (and one kids’ book) that will thrill you, chill you and even make you shed a tear.

Canadian Living - - Advertisement - BY AN­DREA KARR

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Think Piece

From the crit­i­cally ac­claimed and best­selling au­thor of Every­thing Is Il­lu­mi­nated and Ex­tremely Loud and In­cred­i­bly Close comes a heart­break­ing new story about the dis­so­lu­tion of a JewishAmer­i­can fam­ily when a mar­riage falls apart—and the si­mul­ta­ne­ous cri­sis that erupts in Is­rael af­ter a mas­sive earth­quake shakes the Mid­dle East. The novel, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first in 11 years, ex­plores the mean­ing of home, how we be­come the peo­ple we are and the speed with which we can lose all of the things we love.

Here I Am is not an easy read; it’s an im­por­tant one, as it reaches to the heart of so many is­sues—from fam­ily dy­nam­ics to pol­i­tics—and is a fas­ci­nat­ing study in in­tel­li­gent, heart­felt writ­ing that man­ages to cap­ture the essence of life in 2016. Foer writes a mul­ti­tude of jew­ellike one-lin­ers so poignant they’ll take your breath away, such as this ex­cerpt from one son’s bar mitz­vah speech, which holds lay­ers of mean­ing for the dis­con­nected fam­ily: “You only get to keep what you refuse to let go of.” The best thing about this book is its abil­ity to mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, whether you’re Jewish and un­der­stand ev­ery nu­ance or you’re sim­ply a lover of lit­er­a­ture. Ei­ther way, you’ll turn the last page know­ing that some­one else un­der­stands the some­times sear­ing pain of be­ing alive and can also put it into words. — An­drea Karr


Here I Am (Hamish Hamil­ton Canada) by Jonathan Safran Foer, $35.

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