The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

In need of a change from travel writing, I picked up this novel from Returns shelf in the library. It turned out to be a good choice – a modern novel set in New York and sharing with us the life and thoughts of Leo Gursky, a lonely old man who fled from the Nazis leaving his family, friend and home in Poland, and teenager Alma Singer whose father died some years previously and who just wants her mum to find happiness with a new partner.

Whilst there are too many characters, connections and timeshifts to keep on top of (which I’ll confess did irritate me rather a lot), it’s the main characters you engage with, and whose sadness will bring tears. link: The History of Love – Nicole Krauss