I do love putting out books on our ICPL Staff Picks display in the library, but after a while I start to see a pattern in the things I grab. One of the regulars this past year has been Nicole Krauss’s latest novel The History of Love.
This felt like such a huge book for being so short in page length. I guess ambitious is actually a better term. Krauss weaves together at least three separate story arcs with many fully fleshed out and interesting characters. I was truly interested in each section and character. Incorporated into this is the story of a novel that captivates all who read it. This last part was a gutsy move by Krauss, to openly claim to readers that there is this mystical novel and then to include selections of the writing…and then have those selections actually be believable? Bravo.
There are also some fantastic snippets of magical realism that are classy and meaningful. This is a novel I find myself thinking about even after moving on to others.