How to Find Your Way in the Dark (A Sheldon Horowitz Novel #1) (Paperback)

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“For me—as I’m certain it will be for every reader of the wonderful Norwegian by Night—Derek B. Miller’s new novel is a genuine literary event (Sheldon Horowitz is back!). Miller has long deserved to be a household name. How to Find Your Way in the Dark should finally make him one.”
—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Chances Are . . .

With the wit and scope of Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Derek B. Miller tackles his most ambitious epic yet. At its heart is the return of Sheldon Horowitz, the protagonist from Miller’s award-winning first novel, Norwegian by Night, who was lauded by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Richard Russo as “one of the most memorable characters . . . that I’ve encountered in years.”


MEET SHELDON IN THE MORNING OF HIS LIFE

Twelve-year old Sheldon Horowitz is still recovering from the tragic loss of his mother only a year ago when a suspicious traffic accident steals the life of his father near their home in rural Massachusetts. It is 1938, and Sheldon, who was in the truck, emerges from the crash an orphan hell-bent on revenge. He takes that fire with him to Hartford, where he embarks on a new life under the roof of his buttoned-up Uncle Nate. Sheldon, his teenage cousins Abe and Mirabelle, and his best friend, Lenny, will contend with tradition and orthodoxy, appeasement and patriotism, mafia hit men and angry accordion players, all while World War II takes center stage alongside a hurricane in New England and comedians in the Catskills. With his eye always on vengeance for his father’s murder, Sheldon stakes out his place in a world he now understands is comprised largely of crimes: right and wrong, big and small.
 
 

About the Author


DEREK B. MILLER has worked on international peace and security for think tanks, diplomatic missions, and the United Nations. His first novel, Norwegian by Night, was an Indies Choice Honor Book, an Economist “Best Book of 2013,” and a winner of the CWA’s John Creasey Dagger Award. His second novel, The Girl in Green, was published in 2017. Born and raised in Boston, Miller has lived abroad for more than fifteen years, in Norway, Switzerland, Britain, Israel, and Hungary. He now lives in Oslo, Norway, with his wife and two children. 
 

Praise For…


“In a novel that manages to be both searing and funny, Derek B. Miller’s characters slalom through the underside of prewar city life, through breathtaking U-boat battles, and into the Borscht Belt at its most fraught hour, when the Jewish world teeters on the abyss. With Miller’s signature blend of humor and questions that make you sit up straight and reconsider, How to Find Your Way in the Dark puts a finger on the paradox of Jewish comedy.”
—Rachel Kadish, author of The Weight of Ink
 
“For me—as I’m certain it will be for every reader of the wonderful Norwegian by Night—Derek B. Miller’s new novel is a genuine literary event (Sheldon Horowitz is back!). Miller has long deserved to be a household name. How to Find Your Way in the Dark should finally make him one.”
—Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Chances Are . . .
 
“One of the most difficult writing tasks is to take on a dark subject with humor. Standup comics try often and often fail. Derek B. Miller has succeeded admirably. Reading How to Find Your Way in the Dark was downright fun. At the same time, I came away with a haunting feeling for the time period and a deeper understanding of the difficulties faced by Jewish immigrants to America, the horror of the Holocaust, and the additional horror of its disregard by most Americans, Jew and non-Jew alike. Upon finishing the novel, I was reminded of that famous spiritual clown of the 1960s, Wavy Gravy, who once said that ‘[without] a sense of humor, it just isn’t funny.’”
—Karl Marlantes, author of Deep River and Matterhorn
 
“The Old Testament is the first hardboiled detective story (spoiler: God’s the killer); Derek B. Miller’s sly, moving, fable-like How to Find Your Way in the Dark is Chandler by way of The Chosen, Marlowe with a touch of Talmud, ‘Judeo-noir’ at its finest.”
—Shalom Auslander, author of Hope: A Tragedy and Mother for Dinner

“Compelling and deeply satisfying.”
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Product Details
ISBN: 9780358697466
ISBN-10: 0358697468
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: July 26th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: A Sheldon Horowitz Novel