Dara Horn’s The World to Come wins Ribalow Prize


Dara Horn, author of “The World to Come,” is the winner of the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize.

Hadassah Magazine administers the award, which is given each year to an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme. Horn will receive the award Nov. 20 at a ceremony in New York.

This year’s panel of judges included Elie Wiesel, N. Scott Momaday, and last year’s Ribalow recipient, Tamar Yellin, author of The Genizah at the House of Shepher. The award was established in 1983 to honor the memory of Harold U. Ribalow, an editor, author and anthologist.

“The World to Come” is Horn’s second novel. Based on the true story of an art heist from New York ’s Jewish Museum, it uses the fictional theft of a Chagall painting to explore one family’s troubled past.

Published by W.W. Norton in January 2006, the book received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was selected as an Editor’s Choice in The New York Times Book Review and as one of the Best Books of 2006 by The San Francisco Chronicle.

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