Great House

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 1.0 X 9.3 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Nicole Krauss is the internationally bestselling author of four novels, most recently the acclaimed Forest Dark; the New York Times bestseller and winner of the Saroyan Prize for International Literature, The History of Love; Great House, a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award; and Man Walks Into a Room, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. In 2007 she was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 she was chosen for the New Yorker's 'Twenty Under Forty' list. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Harper's, The New Republic, Esquire and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Nicole Krauss lives in New York.


[An] elegiac novel...achieved through exquisitely chosen sensory details that reverberate with emotional intensity. Here [Krauss] gives us her tragic vision pure. It is a high-wire performance, only the wire has been replaced by an exposed nerve, and you hold your breath, and she does not fall.--Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
[Krauss] writes of her characters' despair with striking eloquent dramatization of the need to find that missing piece that will give life its meaning.--Sam Sacks
[The characters'] stunningly distinct and lively voices hold us captive to their versions of their lives. Krauss, who began her career as a poet, can do just about anything with the English language.--Ann Harleman
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
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
Artlessly lovely... the pleasure of reading this book is in its details, its intimation of sincerity, its quiet wisdom.--Yevgeniya Traps
...I was captivated by the first chapter, and never disappointed thereafter as the various voices chimed in and the intricate connections began to connect. Perhaps it has a special resonance for writers (the two "All Rise" sections in particular, were utterly devastating)--but at the same time I feel sure all kinds of readers will respond to it.... The richness of invention, the beauty of the prose, the aptness of her central images (oh, the desk!), the depth of feeling: who would not be moved?--Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever
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
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
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.
Exquisite...Krauss is a poetic stylist whose prose gives tremendous weight to her characters' pain and struggles.--Sharon Dilworth
[A] brave new novel...[Krauss] has written one of the most lyrical novels I've read in a long time.--Mike Fischer