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Forest Dark

A Novel

by Nicole Krauss

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Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2017, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2018, 304 pages

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Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realization.

In Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss presents parallel stories of two people who leave New York to stay in Israel, but never meet one another. First, we have Jules Epstein, a rich man who is in the process of divesting himself of his wealth, while at the same time looking for a project to memorialize his parents. Then we get the novelist Nicole (no, not the author herself, but a fictional version of her), who is trying to overcome writer's block for her book about the Tel Aviv Hilton, while at the same time trying to escape her life and less than happy marriage.

Both of these characters are motivated to find something allusive that may (or may not) solve their immediate problems. Krauss offers each of them a journey – to Israel – and then waylays them on their separate paths. In Jules' case, a chance meeting with the rabbi Menachem Klausner, (who insists that Jules is a direct ...

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