Adult Fiction KRAUSS
Summary: Leo Gursky is just about surviving, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. But life wasn't always like this: sixty years ago, in the Polish village where he was born, Leo fell in love and wrote a book. And though Leo doesn't know it, that book survived, inspiring fabulous circumstances, even love. Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that very book. And although she has her hands fullÃ¢ÂÂkeeping track of her brother, Bird (who thinks he might be the Messiah), and taking copious notes on How to Survive in the WildÃ¢ÂÂshe undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With consummate, spellbinding skill, Nicole Krauss gradually draws together their stories. This extraordinary book was inspired by the author's four grandparents and by a pantheon of authors whose work is haunted by lossÃ¢ÂÂBruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Isaac Babel, and more. It is truly a history of love: a tale brimming with laughter, irony, passion, and soaring imaginative power.
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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.
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.