Slate's DoubleX Gabfest on Nicole Krauss' Great House.

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Dec. 2 2010 10:32 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Book Club

Slate's DoubleX Gabfest on Nicole Krauss' Great House.

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Illustration by Deanna Staffo.

In this week's gabfest, DoubleX's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, along with The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot, discuss Nicole Krauss' latest novel, Great House. Bazelon and Talbot are puzzled about why this novel is less light-hearted than Krauss' last one, The History of Love. Rosin defends Krauss' attempt to make her characters intentionally less accessible. They all puzzle over the ghost child in the novel and also the surprise ending, which two of the three missed entirely.

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Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Margaret Talbot is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones