Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Ruth narrates the story of how she and her younger sister Lucille are raised by a succession of relatives in the fictional town of Fingerbone, Idaho (some details are similar to Robinson's hometown, Sandpoint, Idaho). Eventually their aunt Sylvie (who has been living as a transient) comes to take care of them. Initially they become a close knit group, but as Lucille grows up she comes to dislike their eccentric lifestyle and she moves out. Then when Ruth's well-being is being questioned by the courts, Sylvie returns to living on the road and takes Ruth with her.

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 47th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  2. - 53rd on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  3. - 85th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  4. - 88th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  5. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  6. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)
  7. - What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years? (New York Times)
  8. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  9. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)

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Housekeeping: A Novel Paperback 13632 $3.90 $1.48 2004
Housekeeping Publisher: Picador Paperback 1919290 $10.02 $5.06
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Housekeeping 1st (first) edition Text Only Hardcover 5629163 $189.02 $17.54
Housekeeping: A Novel Kindle Edition 26452 $8.89 2004
Housekeeping: A Novel Paperback 75209 $5.88 $1.43 2004
Housekeeping Mass Market Paperback 334591 $12.00 $0.01 1984
Housekeeping: A Novel Hardcover 618644 $54.23 $2.83 1981
Housekeeping: A Novel Audio CD 760776 $2.29 $2.27 2005
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HOUSEKEEPING Mass Market Paperback 1207350 $18.75 $0.01 1984
Housekeeping: A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Paperback 575878 $8.67 $5.37 2003
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By Marilynne Robinson Housekeeping: A Novel (1st First Edition) [Hardcover] Hardcover 1138088 $565.54 $42.89 1980
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