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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Faber and Faber 1991

Set amongst the lakes and mountains of northeastern USA, this story is told by Ruthie, one of two sisters. Living an unconventional life with a vagrant aunt, they rouse the disapproval of the townsfolk and variously set off on pilgrimage. Housekeeping is a most unusual novel about the spirit of place and the transience of life.
Marilynne Robinson was born in Idaho.

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