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The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native Poland, only to spend the last stage of his life terrified that no one will notice when he dies. ("I try to make a point of being seen. Sometimes when I'm out, I'll buy a juice even though I'm not thirsty.") Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer vacillates between wanting to memorialize her dead father and finding a way to lift her mother's veil of depression. At the same time, she's trying to save her brother Bird, who is convinced he may be the Messiah, from becoming a 10-year-old social pariah. As the connection between Leo and Alma is slowly unmasked, the desperation, along with the potential for salvation, of this unique pair is also revealed.
The poetry of her prose, along with an uncanny ability to embody two completely original characters, is what makes Krauss an expert at her craft. But in the end, it's the absolute belief in the uninteruption of love that makes this novel a pleasure, and a wonder to behold. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Beautiful story, well written, engaging, heartbreaking and lovely.
The characters are well drawn and uniquely identifiable by voice, making it easier to follow the multiple story lines and perspectives from which they are told.
One of the first books I have read in a long time that, when I finished, I turned right back to the beginning and started again.
This is an extraordinary book, a wonderful read. Trying to choose among the labels that Amazon provides does not do the book justice. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michael A. Kalm
This book stayed with me for a long, long time. I couldn't get holocaust survivor, Leo Gursky out of my head. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mindy S. HALLECK
Should be the history of wasted time and money. I couldn't get through the book. Most of what I did read I had no clue who the person I was reading about was. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amanda C. Cochran
This novel was a pleasant surprise. This was a required read by my AP English teacher and there was significant FOMO (fear of missing out) because other groups got to read about... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Drew Dietz
This book has brought tears to my eyes and it has remained a favorite of mine for the past few months. I would recommend it to anyone with a need for a new type of love story.Published 11 days ago by HoustonJoe
Beautiful book. This has become one of my go to books when recommending books to others.Published 12 days ago by William Minton
A beautiful story about generations of Jews surviving and remembering the Holocaust while also finding love. Read morePublished 21 days ago by simarose
This book jumps around too much and the way the chapters are separated is soooo confusing, I hated it!Published 21 days ago by Shazia