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This Nowhere Place

Washington, DC

Dan Stone, producer of the Housekeeping audio guide, and musician Aimee Mann with her copy of Housekeeping.

Marilynne Robinson?s 1980 debut novel, Housekeeping, introduced readers to three generations of women from an eccentric family, the Fosters, who live in the fictional town of Fingerbone. The language and atmosphere of the novel is extraordinarily original---lucid yet otherworldly; mysterious yet oddly familiar. Robinson never specifies the time or location in which the novel is set, although we can infer that it probably takes place in the 1950s, somewhere in Idaho.

In this clip, we hear from musicians Aimee Mann and Jim White, and writer Pico Iyer.




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