How to Find Your Way in the Dark (A Sheldon Horowitz Novel #1)
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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.”
The story begins with young Sheldon recovering from the loss of his mother, who died in a fire in 1937, only to lose his father in a suspicious car accident the following year. Sheldon was in the truck with his beloved dad, and he emerges from the crash an orphan hell-bent on revenge. Embarking on a new life in Hartford under the roof of his uncle, Sheldon, his teenage cousins Abe and Mirabelle, and his best friend, Lenny, contend with tradition and orthodoxy, appeasement and patriotism, mafia hitmen and angry accordion players, all while World War II takes center stage alongside comedians in the Catskills. With his eye always on vengeance for his father’s murder, Sheldon comes to understand the world is comprised largely of crimes, both big and small, leaving him to wonder whether any act is right or wrong, but knowing the answer matters.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780358269601, 368pp.
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
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.