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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.

Marilynne Robinson is also the author of Mother Country, an examination of Great Britain's role in the radioactive pollution of the world's environment. She teaches as the University of Iowa Writer's Program.

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 transience.

"So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield."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 slowlythis is not a novel to be hurried through, for every sentence is a delight."Doris Lessing

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

An unabridged audio edition of this classic work on the 25th anniversary of its first publication

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 Lucilles struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

About the Author

Marilynne Robinson is also the author of Mother Country, an examination of Great Britain's role in the radioactive pollution of the world's environment. She teaches as the University of Iowa Writer's Program.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374173135
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Picador
Author:
Robinson, Marilynne
Author:
Royce, Becket
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
Aunts
Subject:
Eccentrics and eccentricities
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Aunts -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
FIC045000
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper with Flaps
Series:
Picador Modern Classics
Publication Date:
20041101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 cds, 5.5 hours
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Housekeeping
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Product details 224 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374173135 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
An unabridged audio edition of this classic work on the 25th anniversary of its first publication

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 Lucilles struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

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