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by Marilynne Robinson

A beautiful story of family, community, and the impermanence of happiness.  Two sisters grow up in a remote western town, their lives shaped by love, loss, and family history.

This is Marilynne Robinson's first novel and it has become a modern classic.  In 1980, it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book won the PEN/Hemingway Prize for best first novel the same year.  The Guardian named it one of the '100 Best Novels of All Time' and the National Endowment for the Arts chose it as a Big Read Selection.

Join us!

Thursday, 21 March 2019,  7pm

Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken

Click here to reserve a copy at the store.



Wikipedia gives a good synopsis and a list of the main characters 

Robert McCrum on why this is one of the greatest novels (from the Guardian)

A synopsis from the NEH Big Reads Site

Mark O'Connell's 2012 piece on Marilynne Robinson (from the New Yorker)

Paris Review's interview of Marilynne Robinson

An online lecture from Yale's Prof. Amy Hungerford

In her book ' When I was a Child I Read Books', Robinson's essay 'When I was a Child' talks about 'Housekeeping' and some of the themes and characters in the book.


The book for April will be Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee.