Shirley Ann Grau

Shirley Ann Grau was an American writer known for her novels and short stories that explore issues of race, gender, and social justice in the American South. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1965 for her novel 'The Keepers of the House.' Her work often delved into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the entrenched social systems of the time.


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  1. 1. The Keepers of the House

    The novel tells the story of a wealthy, prominent Southern family, the Howlands, who have lived on the same plot of land in Alabama for over a century. The narrative is marked by the scandalous interracial relationship between the patriarch, William Howland, and his African-American housekeeper, Margaret Carmichael. Their secret relationship and the children it produces are kept hidden until William's death, when his granddaughter, Abigail, uncovers the truth, leading to a dramatic confrontation with the racially prejudiced townspeople. The book explores themes of race, family legacy, and the destructive power of bigotry.