A. Reader

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The World to Come by Dara Horn

This novel covers a wide range of territory, from Jewish oppression in Stalinist Russia to the battlefields of Vietnam to junior high life in Newark, New Jersey, to modern day Manhattan. We even get a glimpse into an eternal world inhabited by the "already-weres" and the "not-yets." Throw in some Yiddish folklore, some mystery, some romance, some art history... Like I said, it covers a lot, and it all revolves around a stolen painting by Marc Chagall. An interesting author's note states that the theft of the Chagall artwork, which fuels the novel, is based on an actual event where a painting was stolen from a museum in New York and later turned up anonymously in a post office in Topeka!