The Author’s Bookshelf: Nicole Krauss“A bathtubful of books—which is what I guess sixty must be—isn’t much, and a list like this can only be arrived at through absurd omission. In that spirit, I made a few easy rules—only one book for each writer; only fiction or poetry, except for essays written by fiction writers or poets; no book so obvious that it goes without saying—and then went about breaking them. I don’t know if this is a list of my favorite books, or the books that changed me most at the moment I first encountered them—are those two things always the same? What I can say with certainty is that these books are some of the best company I’ve ever kept, and for that I feel a profound gratitude to their authors.”
Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestsellers, Great House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 she was chosen by The New Yorker for their “Twenty Under Forty” list. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.
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The History of Love