Dara Horn

For Dara Horn, It’s Back To Publishing Future

Culture Editor

Sometimes a book begins before its opening pages.

Just as Dara Horn’s acclaimed novel “A Guide for the Perplexed” is being published in paperback, she is offering a short novella in ebook form that is a prequel to her most recent novel. “String Theory: The Parents Ashkenazi” provides the backstory.

Dana Horn’s ebook novella is a prequel to her most recent novel, “A Guide for the Perplexed.”  Brendan Schulman

Author Dara Horn

Jewish Week Culture Editor Sandee Brawarsky speaks with award-winning novelist Dara Horn about her latest work, "A Guide To The Perplexed" and the significance of history and memory in Judaism.

The Novel As Archive

Dara Horn delves into the nature of remembrance, and how it ‘affects our choices for the future,’ in ‘A Guide for the Perplexed.’

Jewish Week Book Critic

Dara Horn’s latest novel is propelled forward by ideas about preserving the past, over three different eras. “A Guide for the Perplexed” (Norton) is set in present-day California and Egypt, late-19th-century Cambridge and Cairo, and further back, in 12th-century Cairo. With great skill and originality, she layers stories of a software developer who invents a program called “Genizah” for recording a life, Solomon Schechter’s discovery of the Cairo Genizah, and the life of Moses Maimonides, or the Rambam.

Horn of plenty: Her new book travels from Cairo to California.
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