New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1980. First edition. Near Fine, with the slightest bit of toning to the top edges of the boards. In like jacket, pristine but for a Scribner's price tag to the head of the front flap. Signed by the author on the title page.
The Guardian has hailed Housekeeping as a "haunting, poetic story drowned in water and light, about three generations of women." Ruthie narrates coming-of-age as she and her sister Lucille experience it -- raised by a succession of relatives and never fully secure in their home life. Together, the girls face abandonment and loss, then transience as their aunt Sylvie absconds with them following court accusations that she has risked their well-being. For Ruthie, the concept of housekeeping becomes more spiritual than literal, and she seeks stability by developing an internal sense of home and self. Adapted soon after its release into a film starring Christine Lahti, Housekeeping has appeared on numerous lists of the 20th century's best novels.
Guardian 100 Greatest Novels. Time 100 Best English Language Novels. Pen-Hemingway Award Winner. Pulitzer Prize finalist. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #3093)