If everyone who lost their shit over Jonathan Franzen's Freedom would read Nicole Krauss's Great House instead, the world would be a better place. Great House is a novel about a desk that changes hands four times—a desk whose owners are haunted by Nazi war crimes and Pinochet's brutal regime in Chile. The language is confident and thoughtful, and Krauss explores ideas of mortality, loss, and legacy. Great House makes Freedom look like an unambitious bit of ugly fappery (Urban Dictionary definition: "verbal masturbation"). Forget about that white guy with the glasses, readers of the world: This is your great book of the fall. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, 7 pm, free)

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