• by Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by Becket Royce
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Like a prism, the prose shimmers and splits open life and light. Ruthie's voice leads us through childhood and into a life of transience, ethereal, ephemeral, longing, lost, adrift... But all the while harbouring profound observation and experience. A richness familiar and comforting. This is in interior journey and a metaphor for our collective experience. Im tripping over myself with such high esteem for Marilynne Robinson.
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- Melinda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio