The World to Come

The World to Come  Dara Horn’s book, The World to Come, is a marvelous read. The novel weaves histories and characters from the past (Chagall, Europe in the period between World War I and World War II, the Holocaust) with modern-day New York and a brother-sister relationship that clings to, and restrained by, the experiences of a sad childhood. Her character descriptions are wonderful. The story is complex, filled with deep knowledge of Yiddish literature, painting, biblical allegory and the trauma of Vietnam. What distinguishes this book for me more than anything else is the last chapter; it is spellbinding, luminous and utterly unique.