Nicole Krauss received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where she studied and toiled away at writing poetry. She went on to Oxford University for graduate school but abandoned poetry in her mid-20s and turned to novels.
The decision was a good one, considering the success of her career as a novelist. The young writer's latest novel, The Great House, was nominated for the National Book Award and has received plenty of praise. Krauss' first two novels, Man Walks Into a Room and A History of Love, were also widely popular, the latter winning multiple literary awards and book of the year on amazon.com. Krauss is no stranger to fame either. Between her successes and those of her husband, novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, the two are constantly in the literary spotlight.
But fame and hype aside, Krauss' approach to story construction is something at which to marvel. With dark and careful prose, she weaves together the lives of characters in The Great House through their relationships to a desk.
In an interview with the Atlantic Review, Krauss said that she "didn't want to write a novel with any kind of easy connective tissue." Instead she wanted the character connections to "happen on emotional, philosophical, thematic levels. The desk in this novel becomes like a needle and thread that stitches some of the stories together."
Krauss will read at the Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as a part of The Cabin's on-going Readings and Conversations series.