Skip to content

  Home > Binding > Paperback >

Housekeeping: A Novel
Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson 0312424094 9780312424091
Stock Image - Actual Cover May Vary
 

Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

A modern classic,Housekeepingis 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. Marilynne Robinsonis the author of the novelsGileadwinner of the Pulitzer PrizeHousekeeping, andHomeand two books of nonfiction,Mother CountryandThe Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award A contemporary classic that brilliantly portrays the impermanence of all things, especially beauty and happiness (Paul Gray,Time),Housekeepingis the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grew up haphazardly, first under the care of their 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, which is 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. In this widely praised, gorgeously written novel, Ruth and Lucilles struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of both loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience. So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesnt want to miss any pleasure it might yield.The New York Times Book Review Heres 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 Housekeepingis a haunting dream of a story told in a language as sharp and clear as light and air and water.Walker Percy The richness and variety and the peculiarity of tone Marilynne Robinson sustains are masterful; I found the characters absorbing and disturbing.Mary Gordon Robinsons ability to show us the power of unconventional love and the lasting, although invisible, bonds between members of such an eccentric and apparently feckless family makes us smile with pleasure throughout the novel.The Miami Herald Extraordinary . . . Robinson uses the language so exquisitely . . . Every sentence is a wonderful sentence, made just right . . .Housekeepingproves that fine fiction is still being written.Carolyn Banks,The Washington Post Book World A stunningly moving story about a devastated family . . . Robinson infuses the tale with offbeat humor, but the enduring impact of this book lies in its pervasive understanding of tragedy.People

Author: Marilynne Robinson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 219

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 2004-11-01

Our Price: $4.09

Quantity:7
ISBN: 0312424094


Condition:
Like-New [Add $0.60]
Very-Good [Add $0.40]
Good [Add $0.20]
Acceptable

Quantity:  
Description
 
Marilynne Robinson  Paperback


Browse for more products in the same category as this item:

Binding > Paperback

* Free Shipping applies to all orders shipped to the contiguous 48 United States. Variable shipping rates apply to Alaska, Hawaii, and the American Territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands) as well as International orders shipped to countries other than the USA.