Fiction Club Doing Some ‘Housekeeping’

keeping.jpgI am jealous. That River City Books fiction book club always picks a book that I think, “I should be reading that, too.” This time around — meaning, for the February meeting — the group has chosen Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson.

Many now recognize Robinson as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead. Housekeeping is a book Robinson wrote more than two decades prior and, judging by everyone I have talked to who has read it, and based on the superlative reviews that stretch a mile long, including those from some of the leading literary authorities around, “Housekeeping” just blows readers away.

Don’t take my word for it — not that you would anyway — read what The New York Times Book Review had to say: “So precise, so distilled, so beautiful that one doesn’t want to miss any pleasure it might yield.”

The RCB fiction book club next meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 in the store’s downstairs meeting area. For those who like to read ahead, the March selection is Barbara Holland’s When All the World was Young.

For those who want more about “Housekeeping,” here’s the publisher’s summary:

It 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 illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

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