Great House

By Nicole Krauss
(Penguin Books, Limited (UK), Paperback, 9780670919345)

Publication Date: April 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“The best books haunt and sometimes confuse you. They will make you think, feel, wonder, go back to earlier chapters, and finally, fully experience the story being told. Nicole Krauss's new book does just that and more. This powerful novel contains multiple stories of loves lost, families torn apart, and secrets kept and revealed. The suffering of many in Nazi Germany, in Pinochet's Chile, and those seeking a new life in Israel are woven together by the narrative thread of a stolen desk. This is a powerful book that will leave you reeling.”
-- Ellen Burns, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2010 Indie Next List
“The best books haunt and sometimes confuse you. They will make you think, feel, wonder, go back to earlier chapters, and finally, fully experience the story being told. Nicole Krauss's new book does just that and more. This powerful novel contains multiple stories of loves lost, families torn apart, and secrets kept and revealed. The suffering of many in Nazi Germany, in Pinochet's Chile, and those seeking a new life in Israel are woven together by the narrative thread of a stolen desk. This is a powerful book that will leave you reeling.”
-- Ellen Burns, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, CT



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  1. The large and imposing desk in the novel is passed from life to life, moving through space and time to link the characters in the novel to one another and to the past. What does this inheritance represent for each? Is it a burden?

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