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Author
Marilynne Robinson.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
ISBN 0312424094
Pages/Publication Date 219/2004
Daedalus Item Code 29186
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An all-time favorite at Daedalus, this PEN/Hemingway Award–winning debut novel by the author of Gilead (a Pulitzer Prize winner) and Home (which won the Orange Prize) tells the story of Ruth and Lucille, sisters who grow up haphazardly under the care of various relatives. First their competent grandmother, then two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally the eccentric and remote Aunt Sylvie run the family house in Fingerbone, a town set on a glacial lake and "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Marilynne Robinson's lyric, humorous, haunting novel illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the deep undertow of transience.

"Here's a first novel that sounds as if the author has been treasuring it up all her life.... You can feel in the book a gathering voluptuous release of confidence, a delighted surprise at the unexpected capacities of language, a close, careful fondness for people that we thought only saints felt."—NYTimes

 
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