by Nicole Krauss
I loved what Ken Kalfus said about this book, that it "will break your heart and at once mend it." The History of Love haunted me even as I read it. It's primarily the story of an old man, a young girl, and a book, and the possibilities of connections between the three. Krauss feels a lot of affection for these characters, and lets us take our time to get to know them, while gradually putting together the pieces of the grand story beneath the story. Beautiful, funny and sad.