Dara Horn


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Dara Horn, the author of the novels All Other Nights, The World to Come, and In the Image, is one of Granta’s "Best Young American Novelists" and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

Average rating: 3.78 · 14,778 ratings · 2,246 reviews · 16 distinct worksSimilar authors
The World to Come

3.84 avg rating — 6,940 ratings — published 2006 — 27 editions
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All Other Nights

3.72 avg rating — 2,504 ratings — published 2009 — 20 editions
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A Guide for the Perplexed

3.66 avg rating — 2,211 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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Eternal Life

3.81 avg rating — 1,577 ratings — published 2018 — 5 editions
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In the Image

3.90 avg rating — 780 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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The Rescuer

3.74 avg rating — 266 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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String Theory: The Parents ...

3.72 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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What America Owes the Jews,...

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March Of The Living 1992: E...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1993
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Stained

3.95 avg rating — 935 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
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“I believe that when people die, they go to the same place as all the people who haven’t yet been born. That’s why it’s called the world to come, because that’s where they make the new souls for the future. And the reward when good people die” – her mother paused, swallowed, paused again – “the reward when good people die is that they get to help make the people in their families who haven’t been born yet. They pick out what kinds of traits they want the new people to have – they give them all the raw material of their souls, like their talents and their brains and their potential. Of course it’s up to the new ones, once they’re born, what they’ll use and what they won’t, but that’s what everyone who dies is doing, I think. They get to decide what kind of people the new ones might be able to become.”
Dara Horn, The World to Come

“Children are often envied for their supposed imaginations, but the truth is that adults imagine things far more than children do. Most adults wander the world deliberately blind, living only inside their heads, in their fantasies, in their memories and worries, oblivious to the present, only aware of the past or future.”
Dara Horn, The World to Come

“Hair in darkness doesn’t feel the way it does in light. In light, you can touch a person’s hair and not feel it at all - you might think you are feeling it, but really you are seeing its color, seeing its shape, seeing the light and the shadows intertwined between the hair and your own hands. But in darkness, her hair poured across his palms like molten music between his fingers. Skin in darkness is different, too. In light, you don’t notice skin, distracted as you are by eyes watching you, eyes you are afraid to trust, eyes that could be waiting for your shame. But in pure darkness, her skin was warm and trembling and alive - secret whorled passageways of ears, soft fingertips tracing circles on his neck, the living heartbeat-shudders of falling-closed eyelids, cheeks erupting into lips and giving way to his tongue. And in light you don’t think of how warm a person is, of how a person can enfold you, enclose you amid arms and clothes and ribs in pure primeval underground darkness, the heat between you glowing like an ember that you are afraid to put out.”
Dara Horn, The World to Come

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