After Nitro’s enthusiastic recommendation, I felt little choice but to run out and get a copy of Dara Horn’s The World to Come. If you’re a fan of Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer, you need to sprint to your favorite bookseller and pick this up ASAP. Horn’s style, grace, and magical writing fits comfortably along side these literati, and she deserves to be as well known.
Nitro’s post did a great job of summarizing the general plot. If you’re wondering what the book’s “about,” it’s about: family, the loss of language and culture, art, literature, war, the immigrants’ experience, color and beauty, what happens to us when we’re gone, what happens before we’re born, genius, loneliness, love, heartbreak, and it features several “real” and fictional Russians – which is always up my alley.
I second the recommendation. Check out the first chapter, if you are so inclined (scroll on down to the bottom).