Jonathan Safran Foer to Pen First Novel in a Decade

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

Author Jonathan Safran Foer will release his first novel in more than a decade next September.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish the new novel, Here I Am. The book is one of three titles the publisher recently acquired from the author, according to a report in The New York Times. The deal includes two novels and a work of nonfiction.

Here I Am is the story of a modern Jewish American family dealing with a family issues as a devastating earthquake hits the Middle East and Israel is invaded.

“You wouldn’t mistake any sentence of it for any other writer,” Eric Chinski, the acquiring editor at FSG told The New York Times. “It’s got this high-wire inventiveness and intensity of imagination in it, and the sheer energy that we associate with Jonathan’s writing, but it’s a big step forward for him. It’s got a kind of toughness; it’s dirty, it’s kind of funny, like ‘Portnoy’s Complaint,’ it exposes American Jewish life.”