A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): HORN, DARA
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: April 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt's postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted-leaving Judith free to take over Josie's life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie's talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape.
Review Quote*"It's not every day you come across a genuinely page-turning kidnapping story that is also replete with historical, psychological, and interpretive insights into Maimonides, envy, and motherhood, not to mention replicating the narrative structure and central themes of the biblical story of Joseph. is Dara Horn's most ambitious, audacious, edifying, and entertaining novel yet."

"[] is so beautiful, so mystical, so exciting… I really urge you to read Dara Horn."

"Horn moves seamlessly back and forth in time."

"Intricate and suspenseful, is both learned and heartfelt, an exploration of human memory, its uses and misuses, that spans centuries in a twisty braid full of jaw dropping revelations and breathtaking reversals. An elegant and brainy page-turner from a master storyteller."

"A work marked by brilliant conceits and clever plotting."

"[Within ] beats the living heart of a very human drama, one that will have readers both caught up in the suspense and moved by the tragic dimensions of the unresolved dilemma at the core of the story."

"Horn is embracing her own, livelier brand of Jewish history, embodied in the joys of discovering-and creating-the past anew."

"Wondrous…a richly layered novel…. Horn has magically summoned the wisdom of the ages to address a most contemporary dilemma…riveting and suspenseful…. A novelist at the height of her powers."

" is a richly layered book that leaves a reader…grateful and impressed."

"Readers will be taken in by this literary thriller's fast-paced plot and complicated but well-imaged characters. A sure bet."
Biographical NoteDara Horn, the author of the novels All Other Nights, The World to Come, and In the Image, is one of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists" and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.