Letting the House Go
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Crooke's restrained, subtle prose allows the plot to move swiftly, and Richard is a well-drawn protagonist...the solemn novel's marriage of Long Island lore, art history, and family drama is ultimately a moving one.
-- KIRKUS REVIEWS
Letting the House Go will compel you to read it twice: The first, straight through, to discover where and how Richard Morris's journey will end. The second to savor the lyrical descriptions of Long Island and absorb Robert Crooke's profound insights into the human heart. His masterful prose guides the reader through a storm of memory and sins not easily forgiven towards faith in the notion that we can change who we are.
---KATIE KING, literary translator of Someone Speaks Your Name and A Form of Resistance, by Luis García Montero
Robert Crooke's haunting, elegant new novel is a meditation of regret, a contemplation of past sins -- real and imagined - that asks whether cruel and selfish mistakes can be forgiven. Richly detailed descriptions of Long Island and its complex social history make Letting the House Go a first-rate read that affirms our faith in love's ability to endure.
---ANNE LEIGH PARRISH, author of an open door
Letting the House Go is a compelling voyage of discovery with all the elements that readers of Robert Crooke's luminous novels have come to expect: telling detail, poetic phrasing, intersections of class, race and gender, and explorations into the deep recesses of the human heart.
---EILEEN CHARBONNEAU, author of Mercies of the Fallen