June 18, 2012

The History of Love - June 25, 2012

We'll meet June 25 at Karen's house to discuss The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

Supplemental materials:
  • NYTimes review (that I don't think is fair)
  • New York magazine interview with Krauss
  • ReadingGroupGuides.com discussion questions
  • eNotes questions (and sparse answers)
  • Wikipedia entry (with comparison to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, discussion of literary allusions and of graphic design)
  • GoodReads discussion
  • Some notes by a prof at Univ. of Texas Arlington:  Critical Approaches to The History of Love, (includes some excellent identification and discussion of major themes)
  • Nicole Krauss's website (including interviews and essays, under "Press")
  • Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 
  • Winner of the Borders Original Voices Award 
  • Finalist for the Orange Prize 
  • #1 Booksense Pick 
  • Winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award 
  • Winner of France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Ä–tranger Award


  1. Thanks Steph for all these materials! I saw in one of them that she and Jonathon Safran Foer are married. I hadn't realized that. Also, her website nicolekrauss.com has some interesting interviews under Press section.

  2. Thanks, Suzanne! I'll add a link to her site.

    I read that she and Jonathan were a couple, but I didn't know they were married. I guess critics have noted significant similarities between History of Love and Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.