Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Fiction Winner 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. For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has
been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet
who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet's secret police; one day a
girl claiming to be the poet's daughter arrives to take it away,
sending the writer's life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy
suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among
her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In
Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his father's
study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944. Connecting these
stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those
who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great
House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more
meaning, and comes finally to stand for all that has been taken
from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared. 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.
"This is a novel about the long journey of a magnificent desk as it
travels through the twentieth century from one owner to the next.
It is also a novel about love, exile, the defilements of war, and
the restorative power of language."--National Book Award
W W Norton & Co Inc
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