"The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss (unboxed spoliers)

I just finished this book today, and went looking for an appreciation thread but couldn’t find one. The writing and the story’s execution were phenomenal.

I was particularly amazed at how the book tied up all the loose ends, all the little mysteries, that led to the climactic final scene. But two are still stumping me:

  1. Who was Jacob Marcus, who hired Alma Singer’s mother to translate The History of Love?

  2. Who sent Leo and Alma the notes telling them to meet each other on the park bench? (Surely not Bird, even though he had begun piecing it all together.)

I can’t answer any of your questions, but I would liked to chime in about how much I liked this book. I really need to read it again; I remember being rather confused at the end about several things. It’s one of those books you have to go through at least twice to properly understand.