Robinson, Marilynne (Book - 2004)
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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.
Authors: Robinson, Marilynne
Title: Housekeeping
Publisher: New York : Picador, [2004], c1980.
Edition: 1st Picador ed.
Characteristics: 219 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1980.
Local Note: 6 7 8 9 53 118 143 148 173 175 210 211 243 245 263 268
ISBN: 9780312424091
Statement of Responsibility: Marilynne Robinson
Subject Headings: Eccentrics and eccentricities Fiction. Mothers Death Fiction. Girls Fiction. Aunts Fiction.
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction-2004.
Topical Term: Eccentrics and eccentricities
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Feb 02, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Marilynne Robinson's debut novel, which the NYT called one of the best novels of the past 3 decades. I prefer her second, the Pulitzer prize winning "Gilead." This reminded me a bit of Willa Cather's books, especially "O Pioneers" and "My Antonia."

Oct 31, 2013
  • lizapierce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply put: Marilynne Robinson is a genius, and I would do just about anything to be able to put a sentence together the way she does.

Mar 05, 2011
  • jalyth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It's hauntingly beautiful. Simple as that.


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