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Housekeeping - The Big Read Selection


Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award.

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.

By Marilynne Robinson.
Copyright 1980 by M. Robinson.
Published by Picador.
219 pages, all text.
5.5" x 8.25" paperback.
ISBN: 978-0-312-42409-1

"So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield." - The New York Times Book Review

"I found myself reading slowly, then more slowly - this is not a novel to be hurried through, for every sentence is a delight." - Doris Lessing.

About the author:
Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Gilead, winner of the Pultzer Prize, and Home, and two books of nonfiction, Mother Country and The Death of Adam, She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.


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