Narrator Therese] Plummer's talented performance is both illuminating and poignant. -- AudioFile Magazine
Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award
Fortieth Anniversary EditionThis 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
About the Author
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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