Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer 592 pages

Main character, Jacob Bloch, is a husband, son, grandson and father.  He has been searching throughout his adult life, but is never exactly sure what he is trying to find.  When his marriage is in trouble,  Israel suffers an earthquake which results in a catastrophic war, and Bloch is asked to come aid his “homeland,” he is forced to look more deeply into himself and his effect on those he loves.

Here I Am depicts a man, a marriage, the Mideast and American Judaism in crisis.  Much of the repartee is enormously clever, but the entire Bloch family is too smart and quick witted to be true, including Jacob’s three young sons.

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Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer 592 pages

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