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April Main Book Discussion, on St. Charles: "HOUSEKEEPING"­ by Marilynne Robinson

Join us Saturday, April 19 at 11am at Krewe du Brew coffee house for a discussion of "HOUSEKEEPING". 220 pages.

From Wikipedia : Housekeeping is a novel by Marilynne Robinson. It was published in 1980, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (which Robinson would eventually win for her second novel, Gilead), and awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel.

In 2003, the Guardian Unlimited named Housekeeping one of the 100 greatest novels of all time,[1] describing the book thus: "Haunting, poetic story, drowned in water and light, about three generations of women." Time magazine also included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.



A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. [...] Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

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Used copies on for a penny before shipping; $9 on Kindle. Available in all local bookstores and many library branches.

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For more info, call/text/email Guy Henoumont at[masked] or at [masked].

Also invited: the Intelligent Conversation meetup group

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  • Guy H.

    Spirited, in-depth discussion. A delight. Plus whoever recommended this book can get her way again this year (:

    April 20, 2014

    • Geoff T

      Yes, whoever made the recommendation for Housekeeping has impeccable taste. Made for great discussion, as Guy indicates.

      April 20, 2014

  • Samantha L.

    Haven't had a chance to consider it.

    April 20, 2014

  • Guy H.

    Last month's selection was Madame Bovary.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Guy H.

    And I'm peronally shocked that a former English teacher like yourself would say that!!! Maybe you are thinking of the Great Books. Anyway, I think it's fair statement to call Housekeeping a classic. And are you on for our discussion of Middlemarch?

    April 20, 2014

  • Samantha L.

    Is this group actually going to cover classics? Books written in the 1980s don't really qualify

    April 20, 2014

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