Forest Dark (audiobook)

A Novel

8.2 hrs • 7 CDs • Unabridged
Fiction/Literary
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 09/12/17
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- 09/12/17 9780062694515
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Summary

Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year So Far

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017

“One of America’s most important novelists” (New York Times), the award-winning, bestselling author of The History of Love conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert

Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have been a force to be reckoned with for sixty-eight years, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents’ deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he has felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate.

With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi’s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project—a film about the life of David being shot in the desert—with life-changing consequences.

But Epstein isn’t the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer’s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality—and her own perception of life—that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can’t turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.

Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realization—of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.

Review Quotes

“A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration.”

Philip Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Magnificent…A richly layered masterpiece.”

Financial Times (London)

“A mystery that operates on grounds simultaneously literary and existential.”

Harper’s

“Lucid and exhilarating.”

New York Times Book Review

“Krauss has once again mastered a light touch in pursuit of weighty themes.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Krauss’ elegant, provocative, and mesmerizing novel is her best yet. Rich in profound insights and emotional resonance…Nicole’s conversations with Friedman and Epstein’s with Klausner about God and the creation of the world are bracingly intellectual and metaphysical. Vivid, intelligent, and often humorous, this novel is a fascinating tour de force.”

Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)