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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marilynne Robinson Narrator: Becket Royce Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9781593978419
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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. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town “chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere.” 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn’t want to miss any pleasure it might yield.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Housekeeping speaks eloquently of displacement, loss, and longing. Becket Royce has a friendly, inviting voice well-suited to Ruth’s long and thoughtful narrations of the story, though she’s equally good at creating the voices of Sylvie and Lucille, as well as incidental characters. Robinson’s use of language is often challenging and always beautiful; some sentences brim with meaning and metaphoric potential…But the rewards of listening slowly or rereading provocative passages are worth it.”


  • “Extraordinary…Marilynne Robinson uses the language so exquisitely…Every sentence is a wonderful sentence, made just right…Housekeeping proves that fine fiction is still being written.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A stunningly moving story about a devastated family…Robinson infuses the tale with offbeat humor, but the enduring impact of this book lies in its pervasive understanding of tragedy.”


  • “Robinson’s ability to show us the power of unconventional love and the lasting, although invisible, bonds between members of such an eccentric and apparently feckless family makes us smile with pleasure throughout the novel.”

    Miami Herald

  • Housekeeping is a haunting dream of a story told in a language as sharp and clear as light and air and water.”

    Walker Percy, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The richness and variety and the peculiarity of tone Marilynne Robinson sustains are masterful; I found the characters absorbing and disturbing.”

    Mary Gordon, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Robinson literally seems to stretch her characters with insight she must have stockpiled for years…What Ruth says of Sylvie is true of Robinson: ‘She undertook the most ordinary things’ and ‘made them seem…remarkable.’”

    Ms. Magazine

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • Winner of the 1982 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award
  • A 1982 New York Times Best Book for Fiction
  • A 1982 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
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About the Author
Author Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Home, Gilead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and Housekeeping, and four books of nonfiction, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Mother Country, The Death of Adam, and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

About the Narrator

Becket Royce is an accomplished actor whose television credits include I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and numerous commercials. She has performed onstage in New York and regionally in the plays The Male Animal, Macbeth, and many others.