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Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition)

Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition)

A Novel

Picador Modern Classics

Marilynne Robinson; read by Therese Plummer

Macmillan Audio

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Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award

Fortieth Anniversary Edition

This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.

A modern classic, Marilynne Robinson's 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.


A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award - Nominee, Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

Praise for Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition)

“So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield.” —The New York Times Book Review

"These tiny little titles are pocket-sized, shiny, and gorgeous. Featuring authors like Marilynne Robinson and Jeffery Eugenides, they're the kind of books you'll have to own the entire set of, because they're just that pretty — and it happens to be lovely that they fit in just about every bag you own. You can't be caught anywhere without a book, of course." — Julia Seales, Bustle

"Our books today are the neatest little things you’ll see in the rest of 2015’s book-year: a set of Modern Classics from Picador Press, done up in a neat bow!" — Open Letters Monthly

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Marilynne Robinson; read by Therese Plummer

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award. Housekeeping won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her nonfiction includes Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, Mother Country, nominated for a National Book Award, and When I Was a Child I Read Books. She teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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