Study Guide

The History of Love Characters

By Nicole Krauss

Leopold Gursky

He's an old man with a bad heart. He's also an expert locksmith—like the Houdini of...

Alma Singer

Alma Singer is your everyday urban teenager—spending her time thinking about boys,...

Zvi Litvinoff

Zvi Litvinoff is sort of a curious case (note: that's not a Benjamin Button reference). Sometimes...

Emanuel Chaim "Bird" Singer

Bird is Alma's younger brother. He gets the name "Bird" by jumping off a building, in an attempt...

Charlotte Singer

Charlotte is Alma's mother, who has been devastated by her husband's untimely death and who...

David Singer

This is Alma's father, as you might suspect by the last name. He's originally from Israel. He...

Alma Mereminski

Leo's beloved, and Alma's namesake, A.M. (as we like to call her for short) is the person around...

Bruno

Leo introduces Bruno as his best friend, who conveniently lives above him in their apartment...

Uncle Julian

Uncle Julian is Charlotte Singer's brother, who comes to live with Alma's family for a few weeks...

Rosa Litvinoff

Zvi Litvinoff's wife, Rosa is much younger than Zvi. She rescues him from his lonely life in...

Misha Shklovsky

Misha is originally Alma's pen pal, who moves from Russia to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. He's also...

Herman Cooper

Herman is Alma's neighbor and classmate. For most of the novel, we know him only as "an...