by Nicole Krauss
The History of Love spans a of period of over 60 years, taking readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who is afraid of dying unnoticed. A few years after her father’s death, fourteen-year-old Alma Singer finds herself in the heart of a mystery involving the book who’s female character is her namesake. As the connection between Leo and Alma is slowly unmasked, the desperation and salvation of this unique pair is also revealed. With off-beat characters, Krauss writes with a witty, sometimes sadly funny prose, and has an uncanny ability to embody two completely original characters.
– Recommended by Erica Bodnar, Access Services Librarian