Housekeeping

Housekeeping

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By (author) Marilynne Robinson

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312424094
  • ISBN 13: 9780312424091
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 79,593

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A modern classic, "Housekeeping" is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

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Author information

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novel "Gilead" and two books of nonfiction, "Mother Country" and "The Death of Adam." She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Review quote

"So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield."--Le Anne Schreiber, "The New York Times Book Review ""Here's a first novel that sounds as if the author has been treasuring it up all her life...You can feel in the book a gathering voluptuous release of confidence, a delighted surprise at the unexpected capacities of language, a close, careful fondness for people that we thought only saints felt."--Anatole Broyard, "The New York Times ""I found myself reading slowly, than more slowly--this is not a novel to be hurried through, for every sentence is a delight."--Doris Lessing