The World to Come: A Novel by Dara Horn
Dara Horn spins together an utterly fascinating tale in this winner of the National Jewish Book award. Benjamin Ziskind is a former child prodigy who now works creating questions for a television quiz show. At a singles cocktail hour at a local museum, Ziskind sees a Chagall sketch that once belonged to his family. Determined to prove that the sketch rightfully belongs to the family, Ziskind steals the painting and begins a journey that is part-mystery, part-spiritual voyage (the Yiddish folktales are fantastic), and part-history as the painting’s past is slowly unraveled.