It took a while to get a grasp of what was happening and what the connections were in this novel. Everything is told through memories and the narrators are only referred to by name once or twice in the entire book. Because of this, at times, I felt it was just too passive, too disjointed, and not quite concrete. However, in a way it suits the characters and the story since they are all trying to use memories to make sense of their current situations with the presence or absence of the antique desk becoming the focus of their hopes and fears, security and loss.
I received this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway, and it is the first I've read by Nicole Krauss. I did enjoy it and, though I wasn't blown away by Great House, I am interested in reading her other work.