Great House (Revised)
DescriptionWinner of the 2011 ABA Indies Choice Honor Award in Fiction
Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize in Fiction
A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through.
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About the Author
Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of America's most important novelists." She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, The History of Love, and Man Walks into a Room, among others.
Krauss herself is a fiction pioneer, toying with fresh ways of rendering experience and emotion, giving us readers the thrill of seeing the novel stretched into amorphous new shapes.--Maureen Corrigan
Surely if there is one book each author is meant to write, then there might also be one book each reader is meant to read. For plenty of fans out there, Great House just might be that book.
With grace and originality, Krauss writes of loss and many kinds of loneliness, the connections between memory and objects, between memory and identity, and about uncertainty.--Sandee Brawarsky
Stunning. . . . I was captivated by the first chapter and never disappointed thereafter. The richness of invention, the beauty of the prose, the aptness of her central images, the depth of feeling: who would not be moved?--Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever
[Krauss] writes of her characters' despair with striking lucidity...an eloquent dramatization of the need to find that missing piece that will give life its meaning.--Sam Sacks
Starred Review. Krauss' masterful rendition of character is breathtaking, compelling.... This tour de force of fiction writing will deeply satisfy fans of the author's first two books and bring her legions more.
While her prior, much-vaunted novel, The History of Love, was certainly fresh and winning, Great House strikes me as a richer, more seasoned exploration of the themes and images that bedevil Krauss... Krauss' sentences are so beautiful, rendered in such simple, clear language, I had to stop to reread many.--Joan Frank
The most heartbreaking part of Great House, the third novel by Nicole Krauss, is having to finish it...As the mysteries of this beautifully written novel come spooling out, you'll marvel at how profoundly one brilliantly crafted metaphor involving a mute wooden artifact can remind us what it means to be alive.--Rachel Rosenblit
A novel brimming with insights into the human psyche...often haunting and ultimately rewarding.--Monica Rhor
Krauss' organic scenes soar, she is stunning.--Karen R. Long
Exquisite...Krauss is a poetic stylist whose prose gives tremendous weight to her characters' pain and struggles.--Sharon Dilworth
A complex, richly imagined new novel... Krauss's talent runs deep. And she cannot write a bad sentence: pound for pound, the sentences alone deliver epiphany upon epiphany.--Janet Byrne
Krauss has a unique way of assembling novels--baroque, complex, and with stunning tidiness that isn't clear until the very last page. All the parts do fit together in the end. The shape they form is the ghastly Great House, and its walls are ideas that leave the reader reverberating.--Jennie Rothenberg Gritz
Artlessly lovely... the pleasure of reading this book is in its details, its intimation of sincerity, its quiet wisdom.--Yevgeniya Traps
[A] brave new novel...[Krauss] has written one of the most lyrical novels I've read in a long time.--Mike Fischer
Steeped in place and memory, Great House is a worthy successor to Krauss' earlier works, more complex and more challenging.--Robin Vidimos
Krauss' third novel...is perhaps even more indicative [than The History of Love] of her ability to weave intricate storylines, craft emotionally layered characters and expertly draw out the pain, difficulty, and extreme complexity of human relationships.--Juliet Linderman