Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson audiobook

Housekeeping: A Novel

By Marilynne Robinson
Read by Becket Royce

Macmillan Audio 9781593977863
5.53 Hours Unabridged
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Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award Fortieth Anniversary Edition This program includes a bonus conversation with the author. A modern classic, Marilynne Robinson's 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, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is in the small town of Fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, 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 transcience. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

A 1982 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction

Winner of the 1982 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

A New York Public Library Staff Pick of Favorite Books of the Last 125 Years

A 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

A New York Times Best Book of the Year in Fiction

Among shortlisted titles for Pulitzer Prize - Finalist, 1982

Nominated for Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award - Nominee, 1982

Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award Fortieth Anniversary Edition This program includes a bonus conversation with the author. A modern classic, Marilynne Robinson's 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, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother. The family house is in the small town of Fingerbone on a glacial lake in the Far West, 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 transcience. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"These tiny little titles are pocket-sized, shiny, and gorgeous. Featuring authors like Marilynne Robinson and Jeffery Eugenides, they're the kind of books you'll have to own the entire set of, because they're just that pretty — and it happens to be lovely that they fit in just about every bag you own. You can't be caught anywhere without a book, of course. Julia Seales, Bustle
“Robinson infuses the tale with offbeat humor, but the enduring impact of this book lies in its pervasive understanding of tragedy.” People
Our books today are the neatest little things you’ll see in the rest of 2015’s book-year: a set of Modern Classics from Picador Press, done up in a neat bow! Open Letters Monthly
“So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn't want to miss any pleasure it might yield. The New York Times Book Review
“So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn’t want to miss any pleasure it might yield.” New York Times
“Extraordinary…Marilynne Robinson uses the language so exquisitely…Every sentence is a wonderful sentence, made just right…Housekeeping proves that fine fiction is still being written.” Washington Post Book World
“Robinson’s ability to show us the power of unconventional love and the lasting, although invisible, bonds between members of such an eccentric and apparently feckless family makes us smile with pleasure throughout the novel.” Miami Herald
“Robinson literally seems to stretch her characters with insight she must have stockpiled for years…What Ruth says of Sylvie is true of Robinson: ‘She undertook the most ordinary things’ and ‘made them seem…remarkable.’” Ms. Magazine
“Becket Royce has a friendly, inviting voice well-suited to Ruth’s long and thoughtful narrations of the story, though she’s equally good at creating the voices of Sylvie and Lucille, as well as incidental characters.” AudioFile
Housekeeping is a haunting dream of a story told in a language as sharp and clear as light and air and water.” Walker Percy, New York Times bestselling author
“The richness and variety and the peculiarity of tone Marilynne Robinson sustains are masterful; I found the characters absorbing and disturbing.” Mary Gordon, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Marilynne Robinson

Author Bio: Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is a recipient of the 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Award for lifetime achievement. She has received the 2016 Library of Congress Prize of American Fiction and a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 5.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English