In the Image

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When her best friend Naomi is run over by a car, seventeen-year-old Leora feels even more lonely and different and withdraws into herself. So when her friend’s grandfather contacts her, Leora’s parents are only too happy to go with her and meet Bill Lansmann. However the young girl is not overimpressed by the old man’s slideshows and feels a little awed by his desire to keep in touch with his dead granddaughter through her friend.

From then on we follow’s Leora’s steps while also going back in time through the Landsmann’s ancestors and their trips between Europe (Vienna, Amsterdam, Kiev…) and the United States.

In the Image is also a spiritual journey as each character confronts his or her attitude towards their judaism and religious traditions. in addition, the novel is a variation on the theme of image, weaving the biblical reference of the title, with the photos taken by the grandfather, paintings in the RiJksmuseum as well as the image people have of others or give of themselves.

This debut novel by Dara Horn is a masterpiece and a must read.