In New York a woman spends a night with a young Chilean poet before he departs, leaving her his desk. Later, he is arrested by Pinochet's secret police ...In north London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret ...In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer reassembles his father's study, plundered by the Nazis. One item remains missing ...Spanning continents and decades, weaving an intricate web of its characters' lives, "Great House" tells a soaring story of love, loss and survival against the odds.
Shortlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.
Moving, haunting, overwhelmingly poignant Sunday Times The History of Love was very good indeed. Great House ... is even better. A heartbreaking meditation on loss and memory and how they construct out lives Guardian Full of mystery and suspense, building towards one of the great climaxes in contemporary fiction. It is hard to imagine a better book of fiction being published this year ... one of the finest writers of our time Jewish Chronicle Extraordinary, unforgettable, mesmeric Daily Mail Exquisitely measured ... coheres in a stunning conclusion Independent Bewitching, mysterious and deeply moving. One of 2011's must-reads Harper's Bazaar