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Next Up: Housekeeping

No, I’m not about to tell you my honey-do list. That’s the name of the book–Housekeeping.

I know absolutely nothing about this one, and I’ve never read anything from Marilynne Robinson.

So with that ringing endorsement, let’s all learn a little about Housekeeping in today’s preview:

  • Housekeeping was published in 1980.
  • It was Marilynne Robinson’s first novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • Though Robinson didn’t win the Pulitzer for Housekeeping, she did win the prize for her second novel, Gilead.
  • The novel was adapted to a film in 1987, starring Christine Lahti.
  • According to our dear friends at Wikipedia: “The novel treats the subject of housekeeping, not only in the domestic sense of cleaning, but in the larger sense of keeping a spiritual home for one’s self and family in the face of loss, for the girls experience a series of abandonments as they come of age.”
  • Robinson, 71, has written 4 novels and 4 books of essays.

So there’s that.

As always, I’ll share more about Housekeeping as I read it. I simply don’t have much to say at this point.

The novel is much shorter than A House for Mr Biswas, at 213 pages, so I expect it won’t take near as long to read.

Anyone read Housekeeping or anything else from Robinson?

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23 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brandon #

    Sounds like another depressing one…

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    February 5, 2015
    • Train crash death and car driven off a cliff in the first 30 pages. Think you might be right.

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      February 6, 2015
  2. Read Gilead first! A beautiful story. Robinson is one of my favorite authors.

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    February 5, 2015
  3. This is on my TBR list, looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. – ashley

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    February 5, 2015
  4. I wonder if this is a good book for a woman with severe abandonment issues? Adding to the wishlist. Looking forward to what you have to say about it!

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    February 5, 2015
  5. Marilynne Robinson is fantastic! Whether you do or don’t like Housekeeping, I would recommend her book Lila.

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    February 5, 2015
  6. Laura #

    I’ve never heard of Housekeeping or Robinson so I’m be interested in reading what you have to say about this one. The synopsis doesn’t immediately interest me but you never know!

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    February 5, 2015
  7. Marilynne Robinson’s writing will hook you, and so will the haunting loneliness of her books. Go ahead, immerse yourself!

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    February 5, 2015
    • I’m already getting that sense of loneliness in the first 30 pages.

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      February 6, 2015
  8. Gilead is brilliant! But Housekeeping didn’t grab me and I haven’t finished it. I’m interested to see what you make of it.

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    February 5, 2015
  9. The title doesn’t make it sound great but hopefully it’ll be a good read.

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    February 5, 2015
  10. I read Gilead and really loved it!! I might have to check this one out too!

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    February 5, 2015
  11. Sounds like she is almost as productive as Harper Lee.

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    February 5, 2015
  12. yasmine rose #

    Marilynne Robinson is one of my favourite writers and I absolutely loved Housekeeping. I hope you enjoy it! I can’t wait to read her newest book, Lila!

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    February 5, 2015
  13. I read Gilead and really liked it. <emHousekeeping has been on my list ever since, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

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    February 6, 2015
    • (And if you could fix that comment so Housekeeping is italicized, that would be great. Seems I missed a character in my early-morning haze.)

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      February 6, 2015
  14. Robinson is simply the greatest American author at this time, and I would argue, has the best chance to be America’s next Nobel recipient. Her prose is perfect; austere and protestant, yet with an underlying – and sincere – vigor. She’s reminiscent of John Williams of Stoner and Butcher’s Crossing. You’re in for a treat. The only downside is it will make you want to veer off your list to consume the rest of her canon.

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    February 6, 2015
  15. I’ve had this on my shelf for a while now. You’ve inspired me to dust it off and read along with you.
    I did read Gilead some years ago. She is a talented writer.

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    February 6, 2015
  16. Never heard of this one or the author and I must say the title would not appeal … I mean who likes housekeeping? Look forward to reading your review before i seek it out at the local

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    February 6, 2015
  17. Liz #

    I read Housekeeping in school, and I have to say I didn’t love it. I still bought Gilead but I’m a little afraid to read it. I do remember a sense of permeating sadness. I don’t know. I’m open-minded about giving it another look tho. Will be interested to see what you think.

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    February 7, 2015
  18. Husband read it. I seem to recall him sighing a lot while he was reading it and murmur “Jesus, what a downer.” He liked Gilead better.

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    February 9, 2015
  19. Laura #

    Haven’t read this one (on my shelf though!) but loved the Gilead trilogy. Wonderful stuff! Hope this is as good!

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    February 10, 2015

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