Bloomington High School North Library

Bloomington High School North

The History of Love

Review by Grace Donlon on April 4, 2016

Categories: Fiction, Romance

"The History of Love" was good, but not great because it was a tad boring in some areas. The story itself is interested enough, and spans over the course of 60 years. Leo Gursky, a retired locksmith, immigrated to the United States as a young man after escaping SS officers in Poland. He arrived in New York in search of his true love, Alma, who left Poland several years before him. Hoping to resume their love affair, Leo is devastated by what he finds, and spends the rest of his life in relative isolation. Meanwhile, Alma Singer is a 14-year-old girl who was named after a character in an old book. Alma copes with family problems and teenage angst while trying to unravel the mystery of her namesake, which is ultimately tied to the aging Leo Gursky.