Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.
"Inventive style, engaging novel"
Nicole Krauss is the author of two novels, Man Walks Into a Room and The History of Love, which was published this year, and parts of which first appeared in The New Yorker. Ian McEwan's many books include the story collection First Love, Last Rites and the novels Amsterdam, which won the Booker Prize, and Atonement, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
From the internationally best-selling author of The History of Love comes this stunning novel. Great House follows the multiple owners of one writing desk and how the desk shapes their lives. A young novelist inherited the desk from a poet taken by Pinochet’s police. Then the desk is stolen from her by the poet’s supposed daughter. In its drawers, another man discovers a long-kept secret about his wife....
"Beautiful writing, but probably better to read it"
Nicole Krauss’ Great House was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Man Walks Into a Room follows Samson Greene, who, during the removal of a brain tumor, loses his adult memories. Feeling lost as an outsider in his own life, Samson agrees to participate in a scientific experiment in which memories are grafted from one brain to another.
A large wooden desk with many drawers is at the mysterious center of Krauss' deeply engrossing new novel of interwoven lives. The author of the best-selling The History of Love discusses her 2010 National Book Award nominated book, with Deborah Treisman (fiction editor at The New Yorker). An excerpt will be performed by Lois Smith. Performance playlist: Reading by Lois Smith, conversation between Nicole Krauss and Deborah Treisman, and a discussion with the audience.