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    A modern classic, 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, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, set 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. 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 transience.
    ©1980 Marilynne Robinson (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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    "So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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    Beautiful writing, terrible reading

    You probably don't need me to tell you that Marilynne Robinson is a brilliant writer. She writes haunting, sophisticated, thoughtful prose. Unfortunately, nobody told Becket Royce that. This reader (whose other work apparently includes Christmas stories and genre fiction) is totally unsuited to Marilynne Robinson's work. She reads with all the expressiveness of the GPS directions on my phone, or a flight attendant going through emergency procedures. Her tone is almost robotic, as if she had no idea what the sentences she's reading actually mean, and each sentence seems entirely detached from the sentences before and after. She reads the most powerful passages in the story with the indifference of a waitress telling you what salad dressings are available. I forced myself to finish the book because I was on a trip with no other options, but I would not recommend this reader to anyone.