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Dramatic,
Beautiful,
Gloomy

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Housekeeping: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson

Published: 2004-11-01
Paperback : 219 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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by CathUnit (see profile) 04/08/15

 
  "Housekeeping"by Speech (see profile) 05/30/12

Out of the 12 members of the club only 2 people liked it. Most finished it but a few did not. Most felt the ending was boring.

 
  "A Meadering Read"by mabook (see profile) 07/10/11

This book was hard to follow. It seemed to wander from thought to thought and I had a hard time figuring out what the characters were doing at any given time ... the story jumped from present tense to... (read more)

 
  "Housekeeping"by terrisoderstrom (see profile) 12/27/10

Beautifully written but rather bleak.

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