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Housekeeping

A Novel

Marilynne Robinson

Picador

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award

A contemporary classic that "brilliantly portrays the impermanence of all things, especially beauty and happiness" (Paul Gray, Time), Housekeeping is 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 Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of both loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from the novel Housekeeping, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson. 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 sp

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Praise for Housekeeping

"So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield."—Le Anne Schreiber, 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

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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).
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  • Marilynne Robinson

  • MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novel Gilead and two books of nonfiction, Mother Country and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
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Housekeeping

A Novel

Marilynne Robinson

Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award - Nominee, Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

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