Robinson, Marilynne

(Book - 1981)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Ruthie and her younger sister, Lucille, grow toward adulthood under the untraditional care of Sylvie, the transient sister of their dead mother, in Fingerbone, the small Far West town on the glacial lake where their grandfather died in a train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 1981
ISBN: 0312424094
Branch Call Number: FIC R
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 21 cm.


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List - NYPL's Best Reads (2014) by: NYPLRecommends Dec 16, 2014

The most amazing fiction book I read this year is Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Every sentence is vivid. I felt the leaves build up in the corners of my rooms and paint began to peel on my door frames. - Jessica Cline, Mid-Manhattan Library

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Jan 27, 2015
  • MargaretMori rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Each word she chooses to use, each thought, feeling, sensation is the essence of perfection. Each time I read this, I find more symbolism & meaning. It is a tribute to the early pioneers & the West. It is a tribute to females who chose & choose original thought, independence, atypical lifestyles in search of their own position in our world. It is a tribute to all the splendor that can be found in a life spent alone rather than a life spent following convention & superficial, artificial constraints.
It is something to be cherished & savored.

Nov 12, 2014
  • moonshine7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

she weaves a beautiful story with very memorable imagery.

Feb 02, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Marilynne Robinson's debut novel, which the NYT called one of the best novels of the past 3 decades. I prefer her second, the Pulitzer prize winning "Gilead." This reminded me a bit of Willa Cather's books, especially "O Pioneers" and "My Antonia."

Oct 31, 2013
  • lizapierce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply put: Marilynne Robinson is a genius, and I would do just about anything to be able to put a sentence together the way she does.

Mar 05, 2011
  • jalyth rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It's hauntingly beautiful. Simple as that.


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