Letting the House Go


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Unsolicited Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.78 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author

Robert Crooke is a journalist, media executive, and author. His poetry has been published in the West Hills Review: A Walt Whitman Journal, and his short fiction has appeared in The Paragon Journal, Literary Orphans Journal, and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. He began his career as a sports reporter and columnist for the Newhouse-owned Long Island Daily Press, and for thirteen years, he served as North American press spokesman for Reuters. Letting the House Go is his fifth novel. He and his wife reside in Bridgewater, CT. Catch up with him at his website: www.robertcrooke.com


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.


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