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Abandoned by a succession of relatives, orphaned sisters Ruthie and Lucille find themselves in the care of their eccentric aunt Sylvie in their rural home town in Idaho. In this title, Ruthie narrates the sisters' story as Lucille moves out into the world and Ruth falls further back into her own family's dark past.
Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson's first novel, was acclaimed by critics and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She lives in New England and is the winner of the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction.