Great HouseBook - 2010
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.
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From the Globe & Mail Oct 18 2010: Nicole Krauss finds the novel a good fit [Author Interview]
By JOHN BARBER
"There is nothing else in life, no other art really, that allows us something that literature does, which is to step in this most intense way into the path, into the river of another's life, to embody another person's inner life. It's a kind of connectedness that is so deep and allows for a kind of empathy and the development of compassion that again doesn't happen so easily elsewhere."
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