A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history—from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam.
About the Author
Dara Horn is the author of five novels and was one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. She has taught Jewish literature at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence College, and Yeshiva University. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
A deeply satisfying literary mystery and a funny-sad meditation on how the past haunts the present—and how we haunt the future. — Lev Grossman - Time
Brilliantly imagined. — Merle Rubin - Wall Street Journal
Symphonic and piercingly beautiful…the novel suspends us between emotions, never allowing any to become predominant, and we hang there in that indeterminate space, perfectly happy, hoping that the book will never end. — Bethany Scneider - Newsday
Horn’s deft touch is often wryly funny—but never maliciously so…An accomplished work that beautifully explains how families—in all their maddening, smothering, supportive glory—create us. — Natalie Danford - Los Angeles Times Book Review
Deeply sympathetic characters, an encyclopedic grasp of 20th-century history and a spiritual sense that sees through the conventional barriers between this life and the one to come—or the one before. — Ron Charles - Washington Post
This book is the real thing. — Julia Livshin - Chicago Tribune