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Housekeeping

Robinson, Marilynne

(Book - 1980)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Housekeeping
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The story of Ruth and her sister Lucille, who grew up haphazardly. The family house is in the far west town of Fingerbone. Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood touches themes of loss and survival, and the undertow of transience.
Publisher: New York : Picador, c1980
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9780312424091
0312424094
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROBINSON
Characteristics: 219 p. ;,21 cm

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The story of Ruth and her sister Lucille, who grew up haphazardly. Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood touches themes of loss and survival, and the undertow of transience.

Ruth, a young girl struggling to overcome haunting family memories in a town which will not ler her forget, gradually grows close to Sylvie, the sister of her dead mother.

The story of Ruth and her sister Lucille, who grew up haphazardly. The family house is in the far west town of Fingerbone. Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood touches themes of loss and survival, and the undertow of transience.

Robinson is known for her beautiful writing, and this first novel by her explores childhood in a remote part of Idaho. It’s about loss and wandering and searching, and is very close to poetry.


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Nov 12, 2014
  • moonshine7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

she weaves a beautiful story with very memorable imagery.

Feb 02, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Marilynne Robinson's debut novel, which the NYT called one of the best novels of the past 3 decades. I prefer her second, the Pulitzer prize winning "Gilead." This reminded me a bit of Willa Cather's books, especially "O Pioneers" and "My Antonia."

Oct 31, 2013
  • lizapierce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply put: Marilynne Robinson is a genius, and I would do just about anything to be able to put a sentence together the way she does.

Mar 05, 2011
  • jalyth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It's hauntingly beautiful. Simple as that.

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