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The history of love
Nicole Krauss
Adult Fiction KRAUSS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The last words of this haunting novel resonate like a pealing bell. "He fell in love. It was his life." This is the unofficial obituary of octogenarian Leo Gursky, a character whose mordant wit, gallows humor and searching heart create an unforgettable portrait. Born in Poland and a WWII refugee in New York, Leo has become invisible to the world. When he leaves his tiny apartment, he deliberately draws attention to himself to be sure he exists. What's really missing in his life is the woman he has always loved, the son who doesn't know that Leo is his father, and his lost novel, called The History of Love, which, unbeknownst to Leo, was published years ago in Chile under a different man's name. Another family in New York has also been truncated by loss. Teenager Alma Singer, who was named after the heroine of The History of Love, is trying to ease the loneliness of her widowed mother, Charlotte. When a stranger asks Charlotte to translate The History of Love from Spanish for an exorbitant sum, the mysteries deepen. Krauss (Man Walks into a Room) ties these and other plot strands together with surprising twists and turns, chronicling the survival of the human spirit against all odds. Writing with tenderness about eccentric characters, she uses earthy humor to mask pain and to question the universe. Her distinctive voice is both plangent and wry, and her imagination encompasses many worlds. Agent, Bill Clegg at Burnes & Clegg. First serial to the New Yorker; BOMC, QPB and Reader's Subscription selections; author tour; film rights to Warner Brothers; audio rights to Recorded Books; foreign rights sold in 15 countries. (May 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Decades ago, in his little Polish village, Leo fell in love and wrote a book. Now a girl named for the book's protagonist wants to find him. Norton's lead fiction for the season; rights have been sold in 14 countries. With a 13-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Leo Gursky
Male
Polish American
Came to America seeking Alma, the girl he had loved, who came to America first; wrote a book about her which later on was published under a different name.

Alma Singer
Female
Age: Young adult
Has to deal with her unstable brother and her widowed mother; has memories of her father who passed away from cancer; reads a book about another Alma which turns out to be Leo's lost novel.



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