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Housekeeping is a haunting and evocative reflection on the beauty and the transience of life and love. The novel is an account of three generations of women whose lives are touched by loss and abandonment, and more particularly of Ruth and her struggle toward an inner stability despite the disruption and dissolution of her childhood. In focusing on women's experiences, desires, hopes and fears, Robinson creates an unusually female-centred novel in which men are merely peripheral fi

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