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The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
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Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year

An ALA Notable Book of 2015

Winner of the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature

Finalist for the Jewish Book Award
Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

“A masterpiece. . . . A story of such startling candor about the complexity of heroism that it challenges each of us to greater courage.” —The Washington Post
“Immensely rewarding, shocking and beautiful. . . . Shepard, who for years has been one of this country’s greatest fiction writers, is as original here as he has ever been.” —NPR 
“Transcendent . . . [The Book of Aron] reminds us of the infinite varieties of good and evil, and of the many paradoxical places in between. . . . Enormous power comes from its stylistic restraint [and] dignity flows from its utter lack of pretension.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“Stark . . . brilliant, iconic. . . . Ranks with the best literature that explores the dark side of the human soul.” —The Toronto Star

“Shepard has distilled his meticulous research into a swift, savage narrative. . . . So rigorous and adroit in its handling of its horrific subject matter, it makes you want to investigate everything else Shepard has written.” —The Seattle Times

“Extraordinary. . . .This is a book about annihilation, and the human spirit that somehow lives on, in slivers and cracks.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“At once heartbreaking, refreshing and—hardest won of all—enchanting. Jim Shepard’s novel enters a crowded canon and it stands there, head and shoulders, with the best.” —The Jewish Quarterly

“A masterpiece [about] the possibilities of love and heroism—and their limits.” —The Times (London)
“If Aron owns the rights to the book’s seductive narrative voice, it is Korczak who embodies its enveloping humanity. . . . [They] walk into the fire, lifting The Book of Aron into a realm with the finest Holocaust fiction.” —The Boston Globe

“It is the relationship between Aron and Korczak that sits at the heart of the novel [and] it is in the orbit of this entirely good man that Aron’s scarred heart begins to heal and expand.” —Geraldine Brooks, The New York Times Book Review

“Makes us feel anew the bewilderment and horror of that time and place. . . . Flat-out brilliant and deeply empathetic.” —Guernica

“A work of art. . . . Shepard turns hell into a testament of love and sacrifice.” —Joshua Ferris, The Guardian (London)

“[Shepard has] given the story an urgency and immediacy that made this reviewer read the entire book in only two sittings. . . . A tragedy of heroism, exquisitely written and devastating as it progresses.” —Greg Walkin, The Lincoln Journal-Star
“[A] magnificent tour de force. . . . Shepard [is] a writer of extraordinary historical vision, psychological acuity, and searing irony.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Understated and devastating. . . . Pitch-perfect.”  —Kirkus Reviews (starred)


PEN New England/L.L. Winship Award WINNER 2016

The Sophie Brody Award for Excellence in Jewish Literature WINNER 2016

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction FINALIST 2016

Jewish Book Award FINALIST 2016

Carnegie Medal SHORTLIST 2015

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