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Publisher Description

“Imagine a novel as verbally cunning as A Clockwork Orange, as harrowing as The Painted Bird, as exuberant and twee as Candide, and you have Everything Is Illuminated . . . Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened — seared in the fire of something new.” — Washington Post

With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.
As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather’s village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. As his search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power.

“A rambunctious tour de force of inventive and intelligent storytelling . . . Foer can place his reader’s hand on the heart of human experience, the transcendent beauty of human connections. Read, you can feel the life beating.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

Fiction & Literature
September 3
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Grades 9 and Above

Customer Reviews

Gramonster ,

Everything is illuminated

Very confusing at time,and leaves questions unanswered,but a truly good story.

JRubino ,

100 Words or Less

This was recommended by someone who knows what she’s talking about, so I was shocked at how much I disliked it. The plot is a bit stale, but good enough. The writing is effective. But the characters simply aren’t true, especially the Eastern Europeans. Having lived and traveled throughout that area, the stereotypical bad English rang false with me. (Of course, for all I know, this is a fictional account of a real-life experience? Then I just seem an idiot.) But no matter, the novel simply held no lure for me. I lasted 100 pgs, but then let it go.

mardyyy ,


This book made me cry. It is so beautifully written. Please read.

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