Sometimes I wish I were still assigning fiction -- I'd love to get the first crack at reading Nicole Krauss' Great House (Norton), which will be published October 4.

The first novel from Krauss since The History of Love, Great House also explores the effects of the Holocaust and the Diaspora, though its scope encompasses other acts of erasure, like Pinochet's Chile. It centers on "a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through." In the lives of Krauss' four narrators, the desk comes to represent all that they have lost and all that has been forgotten in the chaos of life. Let's hope this one is just as multilayered and moving as The History of Love.

Related in BookPage: Read an interview with Krauss about The History of Love.

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