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December 11, 2018
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Housekeeping Dec 2018
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Literature Book Club: Housekeeping

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Join us for a discussion of the book the Guardian Unlimited named as one of the 100 greatest novels of all time.

The Menlo Park Library Literature Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. The selection for November is "Housekeeping," by Marilynne Robinson.

From the publisher: 
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.

About Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson is the author of the bestselling, award-winning novels "Lila," "Home," "Gilead," and "Housekeeping." She has also written four books of nonfiction, "When I Was a Child I Read Books," "Absence of Mind," "Mother Country" and "The Death of Adam." For twenty-five years, she taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Robinson has been given honorary degrees from Brown University, the University of the South, Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Amherst, Skidmore, and Oxford University. She was also elected a fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford University.