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      William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Nicole Krauss

The History of Love

About the Author

Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestseller, The History of Love, which won France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and Amazon’s #1 Book of the Year, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories. In 2007 she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

About the Book

A lost book reappears, drawing together the lives of the irrepressible Leo Gursky who has arrived at the end of his life, a locksmith searching for the son who’s never known him, and young Alma Singer, desperate to find her namesake and a cure for her mother’s loneliness. Gradually their stories merge into a single triumph of the imagination over loss.

Critics / Reviews

“Vertiginously exciting . . . vibrantly imagined. . . . [Krauss is] a prodigious talent.”
— Janet Maslin, New York Times

"At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious."
Washington Post

"Brilliant. An achievement of extraordinary depth and beauty."
Newsday

"The novel’s achievement is precisely, and not negligibly, this: to have made a new fiction—alternately delightful and hilarious and deeply affecting."
LA Weekly

"Moving and virtuosic."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Luminous prose. . . . Krauss is a masterful storyteller . . . a writer of astonishing breadth."
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Ingenious."
Entertainment Weekly

"A significant novel, genuinely one of the year’s best. Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense."
New York

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