"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 slowly—this is not a novel to be hurried through, for every sentence is a delight."—Doris Lessing
"Housekeeping is 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
"Robinson's 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 . . . Housekeeping proves 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
"Robinson literally seems to stretch her characters with insight she must have stockpiled for years . . . What Ruth says of Sylvie is true of Robinson: 'She undertook the most ordinary things' and 'made them seem . . . remarkable.'"—Suzanne O'Malley, Ms.
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Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Housekeeping (FSG, 1981), Gilead (FSG, 2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Home (FSG, 2008), and three books of nonfiction, Mother Country (FSG, 1989), The Death of Adam (1998) and Absence of Mind (2010).