"A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration." â€”Philip Roth"One of Americaâ€™s most important novelists" (New York Times), the award-winning,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe History of Love, conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individualsâ€”an older lawyer and a young novelistâ€”whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parentsâ€™ deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, heâ€™s felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbiâ€™s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own projectâ€”a film about the life of David being shot in the desertâ€”with life-changing consequences.But Epstein isnâ€™t the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writerâ€™s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of realityâ€”and her own perception of lifeâ€”that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she canâ€™t turn down, sheâ€™s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.Bursting with life and humor,Forest Darkis a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realizationâ€”of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.