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Bantam Books, 1982 - Fiction - 219 pages
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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, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is in the small town of Fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, 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 transcience.

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User Review  - Sally Ribera - Goodreads

I hated this book. I read it because I loved another book that this author wrote, entitled Gilead. I slogged through to the end out of respect for the other book, but didn't enjoy it at all. I didn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Hummm. . . This was an odd book, sometimes interesting, other times weird, and other times just too psychological. It does have some thought provoking themes about how the outter appearance of order ... Read full review


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Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama. She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, and The Death of Adam. Her novels Mother Country and Lila, were nominated for a National Book Award. In 2015 her title Lila made the New Zealand Best Seller List.

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