Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

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An award-winning modern classic. Housekeeping is the story of two orphans, Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly under the care of various relatives before settling down in small-town Idaho with Sylvie, their eccentric and rather remote aunt. The family house is nestled on a glacial lake — the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. In this town "chastened by outsized landscape and extravagant weather," the sisters struggle towards radically different adulthoods.

Written in vibrantly poetic prose, Housekeeping beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and transforms everyday life into a sacred experience.

Harper Collins Canada: 2004.
ISBN: 9780006393740. 219 pp.
Softcover. Small stain on top corner fore edge. Good+.