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Great House

by Nicole Krauss

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

Clever and rewarding writing following the lives of four characters and their involvement with a desk, with 19 oddly shaped drawers. In its simplest form it is an emotional discourse on memory and loss. Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change? Nicole Krauss has written a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss.  Persevere, it’s well worth the effort. 

Great House Synopsis

During the winter of 1972, a woman spends a single night with a young Chilean poet before he departs New York, leaving her his desk. It is the only time they ever meet. Two years later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police and never seen again. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair among her papers that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer has spent a lifetime reassembling his father's study, plundered by the Nazis from Budapest in 1944; now only one item remains to be found. Connecting these lives is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or give it away. And as the narrators of Great House make their confessions, this desk comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared.

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ISBN: 9780670919321
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780670919321
Publication date: 3rd February 2011
Author: Nicole Krauss
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
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About Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestseller The History of Love, which was published by Penguin in 2005. It won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-fivelanguages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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