A book about a book about love sounds daunting, but Nicole Krauss shapes her ideas so seamlessly that you hardly notice. The History of Love is a story about a young girl named Alma who wants to cure her mother’s loneliness, and tries to do so by tracking down the author of a book her mother is translating. It’s also about an old man named Leo who’s just trying to hold onto life a little longer, until he can accomplish something, like finally writing a book. These two seemingly unrelated narratives weave together to help you remember there’s more to life than words--although they do help.
I have read this novel twice because I cannot get over how beautiful the prose is. It’s a story that makes me cry, but also makes me hopeful for what love the world holds.
Recommended by Kim Anguish