Toby Lichtig

Bureau of Investigations

Great House

By

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On the surface, Nicole Krauss’s new novel is a finely constructed, beguiling book, taking in a host of grand themes – love, loss, art, genocide – with a delicate touch. There is much to be seduced by. Krauss chooses her ingredients carefully, earnestly: broken relationships and diminished hopes; striving poets and struggling writers; domineering fathers; absent mothers; hereditary scarring; the ghosts of the Holocaust. Moreover, she writes with perfect poise and weaves her plot around a nifty narrative MacGuffin that keeps the reader eagerly turning the pages.

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