JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER reads from his new novel HERE I AM

Here I Am (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Skylight Books is delighted to present Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseEverything is Illuminated, New American HaggadahTree of Codes, and Eating Animals, as he reads from his monumental new novel, Here I Am, at The Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School.

In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, Abraham! to order him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham responds, Here I am. Later, when Isaac calls out, My father! to ask him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, Here I am.

How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in eleven years--a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks, in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home--and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.

Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that readers and critics loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer’s most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer’s stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a mature novelist who has fully come into his own as one of the most important writers of his generation.

Praise for Here I Am

"Foer can place his reader's hand on the heart of human experience, the transcendent beauty of human connections. Read, you can feel the life beating." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket price includes a copy of the book. The reading and Q&A will be followed by a signing. Signing guidelines are as follows:

  • He will personalize books. 

  • Anyone with more than three backlist titles for him to sign must wait until the end of the signing.

  • No photos, please.

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
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200 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Here I Am: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374280024
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