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Housekeeping.

Robinson, Marilynne

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ISBN 10: 0571230083 / ISBN 13: 9780571230082
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1981
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Original wrappers. Uncorrected proof. Review copy with publisher's slip laid in. Signed by Robinson on the title page. "Jan 14, 80" in pen on the front cover (the wrong date, since on the slip it was corrected to January 14, 1981). A hint of edge wear else a near fine copy. The author's first book. Winner of the 1982 PEN/Hemingway Award for best novel. Uncommon.; Octavo; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 147

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Title: Housekeeping.

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Printed wrappers

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

THIS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED and award-winning novel is the story of two orphans: Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, growing up haphazardly under the care of various bumbling relatives. The two girls finally end up in a small town nestled next to a glacial lake in Idaho, under the guardianship of Sylvie, their odd and rather remote aunt. Ruth’s and Lucille’s struggle to define themselves as women beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous undertow of transience. Written in Robinson’s vibrantly poetic prose, Housekeeping reaches the orphan in all of us and transforms everyday life into a sacred experience. 

PRAISE FOR HOUSEKEEPING
“Brilliantly portrays the impermanence of all things, especially beauty and happiness.” Time

“So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn’t want to miss any pleasure it might yield.”The New York Times Book Review

“Extraordinary.... Marilynne Robinson uses language so exquisitely.... Every sentence [is]made just right.... Housekeeping proves that fine fiction is still being written.”
The Washington Post Book World

“I found myself reading slowly, then more slowly—this is not a novel to be hurried through, for every sentence is a delight.” Doris Lessing

About the Author:

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” In 2013 she was awarded South Korea’s Park Kyong-ni Prize for her contribution to international literature. She is the author of Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award; Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson’s non-fiction 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 lives in Iowa City, where she taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop for twenty-five years. 

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