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Winter, Underwater


Sunset over Lake Coeur d'Alene by Clarence Nies

As winter comes to an end in Housekeeping, the town of Fingerbone is devastated by a major flood, which author Marilynne Robinson describes with both humor and subtle biblical undercurrents. When the banks of the lake are overwhelmed, not even the Fosters' house, which is perched on top of a hill, can escape the rising water. [Blogger's Note: Each sentence of Housekeeping, as a testimonial on the back of the book boasts, deserves to be a sentence. I couldn't agree more; it's my favorite Big Read novel. Listen to Annette Bening give voice to this bold proclamation. She's the reader of excerpts on our Big Read audio documentary!]

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To hear the entire audio guide, please check out The Big Read website. Thanks for listening, and happy winter solstice!

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