Every sentence of Robinson’s novels are perfectly constructed. It is rumored she doesn’t continue on to the next sentence until the one she is presently on reaches its finished form in her exacting eye. This is her first and perhaps finest novel, a story of family tragedy that orphans the narrator and her sister. When their brooding, quirky aunt arrives to raise them, rivalries simmer and reputations are altered forever. Masterful and hauntingly beautiful prose pulls this slow-burning book to its lingering conclusion.— Joe Michon-Huneau
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Newly reissued as a Picador Modern Classic, Marilynne Robinson's brilliant, PEN/Hemingway Award-winning first novel
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 transience.
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