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    DescriptionA 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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    Title
    Housekeeping
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marilynne Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312424091
    ISBN 10: 0312424094
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC, 813.54
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: C4
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    B&T Approval Code: C26010000
    LC classification: PS3568.O3125 H6 2004
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    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